Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
micro123
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
micro123   8/31/2010 4:07:50 PM
NO RATINGS
I think the question shouldn't be "What can we do?" I think it should be "What is the right thing to do?" Society doesn't really need more ways to follow us around and control us. A FOB should open the doors, period! There would be no need for security if we stopped trying to make everything talk to everything. Pretty soon my grass will be telling the sprinklers to turn on, and my house will notify the town I am using water during the drought.

lifewingmate
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
lifewingmate   8/31/2010 5:09:51 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree...too many functions on one fob. It could be dangerous. If you lose it, you're compromising not only your vehicle but also accounts linked to your identity. This article is also very brief and doesn't explain all of the specifics of security. In addition, will marketing companies get a hold of the information transmitted from travel and retail purchases? We'll be moving closer and closer to minority report...

lifewingmate
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
lifewingmate   8/31/2010 5:08:07 AM
NO RATINGS
In addition, this technology could place an extra burden or would it lighten the burden of the departments of transportation across the nation? How would it help or hinder our law enforcement. Also, how much will it cost governments that are already struggling to pay for basics such as education? This is neat technology, but we will have to regulate its usage, tighten security and find ways to make it cost-effective.

lifewingmate
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
lifewingmate   8/31/2010 5:06:34 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree with Mr. Cardena's legitimate fear of the loss of autonomy and identity when it comes to our vehicular rights. I also marvel at the comments poking jest at the situations that could arise if any malfunctions or hacking that occur. But, what about the dangers of a new kind of car theft or malfunctions that could be due to identity theft? On the other hand, let us consider the benefits. What does this fob technology mean for baby boomers and gray technologies (see Intel's ethnographic research)? What does it mean for those with handicaps or special needs? What does it mean for large families even? This kind of technology is actually already available all over Europe where the SmartChips are used and trusted far more than it is currently in the US.

Rick DeMeis
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
Rick DeMeis   8/30/2010 2:53:47 PM
NO RATINGS
What if the car key fob functions (including those actually used for the car) could be smart phone apps? Then if you lose or drop your phone even more of your existence is disrupted!

eewiz
User Rank
CEO
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
eewiz   8/30/2010 6:02:45 AM
NO RATINGS
There are already too many smartcards that can be used to pay for retail purchases in most of the developed Economies. To be used as a e-purse, the auto manufacturers need to tie up with a bank or companies like visa/master to facilitate payment. Definitely this feature will be interesting, if integrated in mobile phones , but for a car key, I would say this feature may be an overkill.

Rick DeMeis
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
Rick DeMeis   8/30/2010 4:05:31 AM
NO RATINGS
Let's not forget that some current automotive ECUs record several seconds of data which can be used in accident analysis if there is an impact. How long before such information might be requested by insurance companies or law enforcement to determine fault, etc?

ReneCardenas
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
ReneCardenas   8/27/2010 8:02:36 PM
NO RATINGS
Advances on ID biometrics, RFID, GPS and other implementation of commodity detection, it is starting to make me feel uneasy and concern that we may loose our identity and individual rights of self determination. It does not look too far away when we may loose the ability, like it is mentioned above, to drive our own vehicles. Not just because of your state of sobriety, but your expired insurance or exceeded / unpaid fines and fees, parking tickets, etc. I can see local, state and federal entities may have an interest in forcing compliance to their regulations and fees by that type of high tech mechanism. Many metropolitan areas around the country already have automatic readers that bill you directly for toll fees. What is missing so far is the enforcing arm to forces to pay, by not letting you to start your car engine or dispatch a tow truck to collect your vehicle for non-payment, but that day is not too far my friends. I am all for the cracking on the privilege to drive, on those people that have not demonstrated the common sense, and have been caught more than one once while DWI. Call me paranoid, but the world of iApps may appeal to the masses now, but is not too far when will be used against ourselves. If identity theft is a problem now, I can start to visualize the nightmares that wait for us. Shield proof your wallet!

Dr. Phil
User Rank
Rookie
re: Fob functionality goes beyond the car
Dr. Phil   8/27/2010 1:52:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Ain't tech great...The more we design, the more we have to figure out how to protect ourselves from it. I am still waiting for the day my CC's, Debit cards say I'm broke at the register and don't exist.



Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow
Max Maxfield
15 comments
It doesn't seem all that long ago when I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young engineer. Now I feel like an old fool, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day (LOL)?

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
1 Comment
As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
2 comments
It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...