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Journeys : April May 2009
New technology helps to save young lives F ord USA is introducing new technology called MyKey, which allows parents to limit speed and audio volume on sound systems when the kids take the family car out. It also provides a reminder chime when young drivers aren’t wearing seat belts, a speed-alert chime and early low-fuel warnings. Ford says the technology will promote safer driving among teens by encouraging seat belt use, limiting speed and reducing distractions. Ford says MyKey will debut in the USA as a standard feature on its 2010 Ford Focus and will then be offered to other Ford, Mercury and Lincoln models. It’s not clear if or when the system will be available on Ford vehicles in Australia, but the RACT will do all it can to ensure an early introduction in our country. MyKey allows parents to program a car key for their teenage drivers. When it’s inserted in the ignition, the vehicle reads a transponder chip in the key and recognises the settings that parents have programmed into the key. The RACT believes that new technology is one of the prime ways of reducing the road toll. Innovations such as airbags and electronic stability control have already proved their worth in the fight against road trauma, and initiatives such as Ford’s MyKey will also assist in making roads safer for everyone. autoSEARCH Buying a new or used car has never been easier. autoSEARCH Tasmania will: • Find the type of vehicle you require • Arrange a discounted RACT Vehicle Inspection, if required • Negotiate a special ROADSIDE cardholder’s price, including your trade-in • Arrange a manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty on most vehicles sold. This independent service is free to RACT ROADSIDE cardholders. Statewide 0418 123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 • Launceston 6334 3965 5% OFF* across the store by presenting your RACT card *Excludes advertised specials & benchmark trade specials as displayed in store. autoSEARCH 24 April / May 09 Call 6234 3021 95-97 Brisbane St, Hobart. Opposite K & D Warehouse Sparco AUTO PARTS - TYRES - BATTERIES PTY LTD
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