Dearborn, Michigan – Ford’s MyKey technology, which allows parents to limit such things as speed and stereo volume on a vehicle when young drivers are behind the wheel, will add a Do Not Disturb feature that will block incoming phone calls and deter text messages when activated.

The feature, available on all 2011 vehicles featuring SYNC with MyFord Touch, will now be available as a feature parents can control through MyKey beginning with the new Explorer in early 2012.

When hooked up to SYNC, the new feature blocks incoming phone calls or text messages from a Bluetooth-paired mobile phone, diverting calls into voicemail and saving text messages on the device for viewing later. Unlike turning the phone off, drivers can still make voice-activated outgoing phone calls and the SYNC 911 Assist feature can make calls in case of emergency.

“Adding Do Not Disturb to MyKey is yet another way Ford is helping parents to encourage their kids to drive safer,” said Andy Sarkisian, Ford safety planning and strategy manager. “We are continually listening to our customers and responding to parents’ desire to make sure their kids are paying attention to the road, not their cell phone.”

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