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Ford Installing Parental Controls

Ford is releasing a new feature on 2010 models that will allow parents to take control of their teen drivers through a computer chip in the key. The chip limits the driver to 80mph and has the options of limiting audio volume and sending alerts when seatbelts are not worn.

Ford says, “Our message to parents is, hey, we are providing you some conditions to give your new drivers that may allow you to feel a little more comfortable in giving them the car more often.” 75 percent of parents are for the system while 67 percent of teenagers are against it.

Some teens say what they think about it:

“I wouldn’t want my parents to have that much control over how I’m driving. If your parents are holding your hand, you’re never going to learn.”

“There may be emergency situations where [I] would have to drive more than 80, possibly to accelerate to avoid a crash.”


xPirate’s thoughts on the subject: Dear worried parents, LEAVE YOUR KIDS ALONE! I have a huge problem with parents not being able to accept the fact that their teens are growing up. The constant restrictions force them to rebel even more, possibly by just stealing the parent’s key or learning how to deprogram the key, resulting in worse consequences and more “bad teens”.

Remember, back in the day, when you learned how to drive at age 12 and didn’t have all this fancy technology. You learned on your own. Like a real human being. I don’t remember this, because I’m only 17, but I must agree with the person who quoted above. How in the world do you expect teens to learn if they are constantly being restricted with rules and regulations?

It is when freedom is limited that creativity is stifled and the once free-thinking mind becomes a slave.

Also, anyone who speeds over 80 and is not on the interstate, is mad crazy insane and probably deserves to get in a car accident. It’s called population control. Stupid people were meant to die so that the smarter ones can live on.

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Nissan Releases New Phone

Today in Tokyo, Japan Nissan announced the first ever combination phone and intelligent key system. The phone is fully functional with the added features of locking and unlocking your car as well as starting and killing the engine. Manual entry is still possible with the device, as with most intelligent key systems. As the demand for more and more mobile features continues to grow we can expect to see more technology such as this.

The product will be demonstrated by Nissan, DOCOMO, and Sharp at CEATEC in Japan which begins September 30. The product is aimed for release in early 2009. For more information you can check out the official press release.

xPirate’s thought: The techie in me is screaming awesome, while the hippie in me screams, “How lazy do people have to be?” I guess that’s not really this product’s fault however. I never even imagined seeing a phone with a built in intelligent key system. This is probably due to the fact that I don’t associate my phone with my car at all. I’m interested in seeing what consumers will think of this product.

On the other hand, it would be nice to have your keys and phone all in one. That’s less you’d have to carry around with you, plus you wouldn’t have that annoying jingle in your pocket. What we really need to see, Nissan, is this phone with a built in identification system including driver’s licenses, credit cards, and all that crap I carry around in my wallet. And better still, make it an ATM! It sucks having to drive all the way to the nearest ATM when you need cash. I suppose that technology won’t happen for another few years though.

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