I am shocked to read that Ford has developed the “MyKey” feature (10/7, A-10, “.‘MyKey’ caps kids’ speed”) designed to “let parents slow down their kids in the family car.”
Ford is spending time and resources developing a feature that wouldn’t need to exist if cars were designed with less available speed to begin with. Parents aren’t supposed to drive above 80 mph, either, or drive above a posted speed limit around a tight curve.
Why doesn’t Ford spend time and energy designing a simple car with a fuel consumption of 60 mpg and a top available speed at reasonable efficiency (around 65 to 67 mph)?
MyKey — like power windows, power locks, and other nice but superfluous features — is an extra thing to understand and fix when it malfunctions.