Ford Turns Down the Volume
Although MyFordTouch has been roundly derided for a variety of reasons ranging from difficulty to downright disfunctionality, there is one product beginning with an attributive adjective that seems to be useful for parents of teens and operators of contracting businesses alike, which seems to indicate that all is not lost vis-à-vis Ford’s telematics undertaking.
MyKey screen in a 2014 Mustang
It’s MyKey which provides the ability for someone in charge (e.g., adult, business owner) to set up the vehicle so that:
--The top speed is limited. 80 mph is the overall maximum (not that we’re aware of anywhere where one can legally drive 80, you never know when you need to put the pedal to the metal).
--The audio system is limited to 45% of max volume so that one can actually be aware of things like sirens and horns being sounded.
--Incoming phone calls are directly routed to voicemail, thereby making sure that one concentrates on driving, not what they’ll be doing after they get off of work.
While Ford initially seemed to target MyKey to parents of teens, thereby creating nearly eternal enmity among teen drivers of their parents Mustangs and Taurus SHOs, now they are focusing on contractors, too, putting the telematics system on, for example the 2014 Transit Connect.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The thing about the Wrangler Willys Wheeler: It is a toy for a grown-up boy.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.