Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ford to limit speed with Chip in Key

The article states the reason for it has to do with
"Research we've done has shown that speeding is a major factor in teen crashes, especially novice teen drivers," said Anne McCartt, the institute's senior vice president for research. "So I think a system that tries to correct the speeding behavior has the potential to improve safety."
More than 5,000 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes. The rate of crashes, fatal and nonfatal, per mile driven for 16-year-old drivers is almost 10 times the rate for drivers ages 30 to 59, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What I want to know is how many of those happen to be on cars going over 80. If the majority are in town speeding situations, such as going 50 in a 20 MPH zone, then this key will not prevent any of that.

I like that the car will not go over 80, but why stop with teens? Why should adults older people be allowed to have cars that go over 80? What's the compelling reason for cars that can go 150 MPH?