More cars should come with parental controls, say drivers

As in-car technology continues to open up new possibilities, drivers are increasingly demanding parental controls for their vehicles – and it’s not just parents who are keen.

According to a survey from Carnegie Mellon University, young drivers appear to be overwhelmingly in favour of new technologies which can limit speed and other things to make driving safer.

The survey questioned 1,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 70 about what they think of so-called “freedom foiling” features in new cars that act as parental controls.

Young drivers particularly in favour

Incredibly, 84 per cent of the people polled said that they would be in favour of it, while 81 per cent of drivers aged between 17 and 24 supported the features and said that they would use them.

The report stated: “Compared to older drivers and miles driven, teen drivers are three times more likely to be in a fatal wreck.

“Young, inexperienced drivers tend to speed and drive too fast for road conditions. Further, teens are more likely to crash when they have teen passengers in the car.”

Good news, therefore, that young drivers seem to be in favour of features which can help them drive more safely on the roads, while the rest of the respondents agreed with them.

The vast majority of women, 87 per cent in total, were in support of the parental controls, as were 91 per cent of those polled who were between the ages of 66 and 70.

Other features that can be included with in-car parental controls include geofencing, which can limit the geographical distance that drivers can access, though motorists were less impressed with this.

Only 54 per cent of youngsters thought that limiting their distances was a good idea, though 84 per cent said that they’d be in favour of a function that limits the amount of passengers they can carry.

Just some of the parental control features available on current cars includes Ford’s MyKey system, which is available on a range of Ford’s cars, from the Fiesta supermini to the all-new Mustang.

Ford MyKey

Aimed at improving road safety for young or inexperienced drivers, MyKey allows restrictions to be set on the engine output to reduce speed, as well as on the stereo volume limit.

Other handy features include the options to mute all audio if a seatbelt is unfastened, while it also prevents drivers from turning off driver aids like the electronic stability control.

For more information on Ford’s MyKey system or any of the other parental control options available in our range of new cars, why not get in touch with your local Perrys dealership today!