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1/6/2015 10:27 AM EST
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DrQuine
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The key is unnecessary
DrQuine   1/17/2015 10:54:49 AM
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I see no need for a car key. It is expensive, bulky, and increasingly heavy. Why not replace it with a smartphone app? Originally the physical shape of the (small lightweight) key was required to unlock the locks. Now cars lack keyholes and everything is done through wireless communications. A smartphone app could authorize other specified individuals to drive the car for specified times with a limited time PIN number authorization or their smartphone app.

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Re: Cool key my a**
Anand.Yaligar   1/10/2015 1:04:14 PM
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jnissen: Nice idea! Having a key that can double as a self defense tool is pretty cool. I would also like to add that keyless entries can be utilized if the door handle recognizes the biometry of the hand that opens the door. 

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Re: "Cool" kEY?
Anand.Yaligar   1/10/2015 12:59:44 PM
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@Prabhakar: Maybe a biometric key can help? There's no way to fake a biometric key.

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"Cool" kEY?
prabhakar_deosthali   1/9/2015 1:06:55 AM
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Such a Cool Key can make the job of car-thieves easier. The car thief does not have to have skills to break open a car lock.

He simply steals the key and then the car automatically identifies itself once he walks through the rows of parking cars.

 

Are we making it easier for the owner or the thieves?

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zeeglen   1/7/2015 10:33:30 PM
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@jnissen Well if the key doubled as a personal protection device that would be interesting!

What, shoot out a laser beam?  Actually, the old fashioned metal key, or keys on a keychain that could be multiple-clenched in a fist, could be used to gouge out a potential mugger's/rapists's eyes.

I still use the metal key in my car since the keyless keyfobs no longer work.  The metal keys don't crap out, one less thing to go wrong.

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jnissen   1/7/2015 8:49:05 PM
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The "key" is the differentiator? Give me a break. The vehicle better be different and offer the correct mix of power, comfort, etc... Not the key. Well if the key doubled as a personal protection device that would be interesting! I could enjoy a .45 caliber or 9mm key!

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pre-entry detection
boblespam   1/7/2015 3:01:42 AM
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It's also a nice feature to solve the problem that is coming up today: with high end infotainment and digital dashboards, the systems may need more than a second to boot-up.

Detecting the driver before he opens the door gives us (infotainment designers) more time to boot so the displays are already up and running when the driver is in the driver seat.

Then we can upload and play a nice branded video animation on the dashboard to the customerdriver and the uselessmarketting guys are happy ;-)

It's also good for the few roadster/buggy cars that have no door: there's no way to detect when the driver is getting in.

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