Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ford Bringing V-Chip To Cars

Looks like Ford is working on a new way for parents to control what their kids can and can't do with the family car. According to this patent application, Ford is working on a system that uses RFID coding to determine if the driver is using a "primary" key or a "secondary" key. Depending on which key is being used, the driver will (or won't) have the ability to do things such as disable traction control, use parking assist, or ignore the low fuel indicator. I guess if you let the teenager borrow the Mustang, its probably best that traction control stay on! A diagram from the patent application is below.

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