Ford's MyKey driver restriction system now comes with an innovative 'do not disturb' feature to block calls and text messages coming in to a mobile phone connected to the car via Bluetooth.
The function is designed to keep younger drivers more focussed on the road, rather than distracted by their phone while they're on the move.
Worried parents may be pleased to hear the news, since some have been calling for more stringent tests and rules for newly qualified drivers.
'Do not disturb' joins the MyKey's other functions – such a speed limiting, audio volume throttling and a handy message to remind occupants to buckle up.
Peter Patzelt, Ford system architect for MyKey, commented: "MyKey can give parents peace of mind when they hand car keys over to their kids, and 'Do Not Disturb' enables parents to control another risk factor when their child gets behind the wheel."
Keeping new drivers' eyes and minds on the road is a good move, as research suggests that drivers under 25 (Sebastial Vettel included) are three times more likely to have an accident than older, more experienced wheelmen (and wheelwomen).