I recently blogged about how a simple feature on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe (a audio tone cue) provided peace of mind by alerting a driver when the car was shifted into reverse.
Well now its time for you automotive electronics engineers to come up with another simple fix to a problem that's been annoying me for a while. Part of my tough job is getting to drive new cars in the press fleet to check out their technology features. Many of these have keyless entry, and those that do not often have the same type of small key fob with a few function buttons.
Quite often, when the fob is in my pocket, a function is activated by a penknife or some coins being pressed against a button—or else when I lean on the kitchen counter or sink while doing my extensive chores. Most times I'm able to notice the car outside the window being unlocked, locked—or having the panic alarm triggered—and appropriate action taken. But one recent morning, I came out and found a car's windows had been rolled down and open all night—lucky it didn't rain. This car had the feature that allows lowering the windows when the unlock button is pressed and held for several seconds, cooling the car in the summer before getting in.
Now you may remember the second generation of "small brick," non-flip open cell phones, with tiny, monochrome screens and buttons below it—which could be "locked" with a couple of keystrokes to avoid inadvertent dialing of numbers in memory etc, when the phone was in a pocket or purse. So how about the same kind of disabling feature for the modern automotive key fob—so drivers won't have their windows open all night in the rain or snow, or perhaps find some critters or worse inside?