Cars Without Keys: Fobs And Fads
Racing cars don’t have keys. You push, you pull or use another equally effective way to start the engine. Practically all early cars had some sort of such devices to get the engine going. Once cars became a hot commodity, they attracted people stealing and thus doors adorned keyholes. But locked doors are child’s game for robbers. Then came the ignition key system to start a car. Without it, you couldn’t get it going. While this was a safety feature, racecars never had to deal with this.
Modern Cars Are Cool. In the late nineties, exotic car started introducing sometimes intelligent designs, sometimes not so much, bordering on PR hype. While paddle shifting a Ferrari raised eyebrows, it was also fun to drive a Ferrari gonzo in canyons only using two hands and your right foot. With it, came also the entry keyless fob. Now, you didn’t need to have that car key ready in your hand, the car would detect your proximity and unlock itself for your entrance. But as John Voelker points out is that it can also come with a blatant security flaw.
Turn Off You Plug-In Hybrid! According to Ryan Turner, a Volt owner on GreenCarReport, a few Volt owners have forgotten to turn their car off. What happens when you leave the silent plug-in car on for a long time? The battery pack will eventually deplete itself from running auxiliary components and the gasoline engine will come on. You can figure out the rest when the car is left in a closed garage at the bottom of your house...