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Ford will soon give parents the power using a computer chip that can limit teen drivers’ speed and the volume on their car stereos. Would you use such a device?

Response Percent Votes
68% 513
24% 184
Not sure.
7% 54
Total 751


denak 9 years, 8 months ago

I would use it. Driving a car isn't a right, it is a priviledge. And if my child is driving too fast or doing things that are a distraction, it is my responsibility, as his parent, to limit the potential for damage. This could take the form of taking away his vehicle, or using this chip in order to force him to drive the appropriate speed.And I'll be honest. I trust him for some things but I am aware that he is a 16 years old and he, and his friends, do not have a lick of sense between them sometimes. I have known these boys since they were in grade school and I know that even though they are usually responsible they are also sometimes very irresponsible so if this chip skews the responsibility part to the safety side, I'm all for it.And personally, I don't care if he doesn't like it because I love this kid and I want him alive and that is all I care about.Dena

farmgirl 9 years, 8 months ago

If they need to exceed 80 mph to avoid an accident they are somewhere they shouldn't be in the first place. They can get rid of the incessant dinging by buckling the seat belts, which is the entire point. As for the stereo, if you don't tell your kids before they get in the car that these features exist, and the stereo won't go over a certain volume, then you, as a parent, are being irresponsible.

SMe 9 years, 8 months ago

I see lawsuit after lawsuit.The limited speed meant my son/daughter couldn't go fast enough to avoid the wreck.The incessant dinging of the seat belt warning distracted my son/daughter.My son/daughter was distracted trying to turn the stereo up but it wouldn't go high enough. This distraction led to the accident.Actually these comments will be made by the parents of the uninjured teen who nevertheless suffered terrible and life altering psychological damage.

otto 9 years, 8 months ago

i wouldn't give a kid a new car when used will do. By the time this vehicle is 10 years old none of this crap will work anyway.

supernik 9 years, 8 months ago

i personally feel that if i cant trust my kids to drive safely then they shouldnt be driving. the gps thing i think would be a good idea just because they could be found in case of an accident, like "onstar" when there is an "accident" the parents cell is sent a message notifying them of the accident and location.

Crossfire 9 years, 8 months ago

...and any 12 year old with basic hacking skills could defeat this in about 6 minutes.

badger 9 years, 8 months ago

I kind of like the idea, along with black box GPS technology. Ideally, I'd love it if parents could fit their cars with GPS units that offered real-time tracking with a web interface so that parents can log on and go, "Huh, that's funny. He's supposed to be at the game but his car's parked over off of 24..." or "What do you suppose he's doing in Overland Park?"

badger 9 years, 8 months ago

I guess I'm viewing this the way my mom would have. She would have loved to be able to check up on me, to find out how I was driving, all that sort of stuff, but she likely wouldn't have used any of it. She was the mom who always wanted my friend's phone number so she could call and make sure I was over there, but never called it. She insisted on knowing where I was and who I was with, but never verified it.I don't have any kids, but I would want to have the option to know where they were if I got worried or suspicious. I'd want to have the option to check on them. I'd probably say, "For every month of good driving logs you print out and give to me, I'll make your car payment for the month. If you don't care to show them to me or if there are serious infractions on them, then you have to make the payment that month." It could be a very positive parenting tool and used to reinforce the things the kid is doing right, not just punish the ones he's doing wrong.As to governors on speed, I really do support those. I remember quite clearly testing out just how fast friends' cars would go, hitting 120, 130 on back roads at night. We were lucky we weren't killed; some of the guys we knew were. At 17, you just don't have the skills to handle a tire blowout, a cat running into the road, a sneeze at 90 miles an hour. It's a matter of experience, and governing cars down to lower speeds would give them more chance to get that experience without killing themselves.

MeAndFannieLou 9 years, 8 months ago

I always wanted someone to invent a universal remote that I could use to turn down the stereo volume of passing cars.

acg 9 years, 8 months ago

Not interested. I can't help but look at this from the perspective of the teenager. Accidents are awful and teens act like morons a lot of the time. However, all we can do is teach them the best we can and send them out into the world hoping they'll make the right decisions. You can't wrap them in bubble wrap, folks. It's almost akin to big brother watching over your shoulder everywhere you go. My parents did that to me and every time I got the chance I went wild. There was no trust between us at all because they invaded that trust and privacy every chance they got. Instead of trusting me to have a brain, they assumed that I didn't and read my diary or checked the mileage on my car. We didn't have cell phones back then but if we had, you can bet my mother would've snooped into mine. It was so constricting that at times I literally hated them for it. I don't want that for my own kids.

Boeing 9 years, 8 months ago

farmgirl - what the heck do you mean? There are some states in which the speed limit is it's not unrealistic to think that, time to time, you may need to hit 80.

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 8 months ago

This would just be a waste of money. I know if I were still a teenager and my parents bought me a car with this technology, then none of my friends would want to ride in my car. Therefore, I would drive my car as little as possible and instead ride around with my friends who can still listen to loud music and drive like teenagers.

alm77 9 years, 8 months ago

I want GPS with that as well. ;) My kids are a few years from driving, but yes, this would be awesome. I give them boundaries (like how far they can go when they play outside, etc.) now and I see this as an extension of that. It could be removed incrementally as they get older. I think that would be fantastic!!

jonas_opines 9 years, 8 months ago

Will this same chip limit the cell usage of these kids' parents when They are trying to drive?

sparks05sam 9 years, 8 months ago

from the perspective of a teen i would absolutly hate this! my parents trust me enough that they would never do something like this! its insulting to me...its my car and ive earned the right to listen to what i want as loud as i want..if someone put this in my car then i would want to put one in theirs...

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