Many traditional aspects of a car are now becoming obsolete, take the internal combustion engine, manual transmission for example. Another standard element of a vehicle is its keys. If the reports from the Frankfurt show are to be believed then the keys could also be a thing of the past soon.
At the Frankfurt Mofor Show 2017, Ian Robertson, a BMW sales board member disclosed that the carmakers were revising the nessecity of car keys in the Times when mostly every person carries a smartphone with him all the time and can use an app on the smartphone to unlock their vehicles.
“Honestly, how many people need it?”. He said that people no longer insert their keys in the ignition to start the car. They never take it out of their pocket, so why do I need to carry it around?” Robertson said. He also went ahead to say that the carmakers intended to make do with the keys altogether.
But a very natural and technical problem is that your smartphone could become a victim of hacking and the hackers could gain access to your vehicle through your phone. Also, how would one let a valet park the car without the keys? Would you give your phone to the valet?!. Also, what would happen if the smartphone that starts your car is out of battery or the cell signal is absent? Would you like to stay locked out of your car because of dead battery? Absolutely no!
“We are looking at whether it is feasible, and whether we can do it. Whether we do it right now or at some point in the future, remains to be seen,” Robertson said to the news service.
Other carmakrs along with BMW are trying to find a substitute to the standard car keys. These days car makers hand provide key fob and rarely would one get a real car key with a new car.
Tesla is giving up on the key fob too. It would provide a key card and a phone app for its new Model 3.
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We are actually living the sci-fi future, right?!, with starting cars without keys and using as key card instead.