Keyless entry allows the users to lock, unlock, and start their vehicle without using traditional keys. With a keyless entry, you can conveniently unlock the doors with the touch of a button. The keyless entry for cars was introduced in 1982 by Renault Fuego and became available for American cars in less than a year. It is now a common feature in many new cars.
How does keyless entry work?
The keyless entry (remote) can be either stored in the pocket or purse. Upon reaching 1.50 meters of the car, the key is identified via sensors in the door handles and a radio pulse generator. The doors automatically unlock as soon as you pull the handles. After parking the vehicle, you can simply leave your car unlocked and walk out of the range or you can lock it by pressing a button on the remote control. The engine of the car can also be started by pressing a button on the dashboard.
Types of keyless entry:
There are many different types of keyless entry with a remote controlled entry being the most common and standard one. The standard remote controlled entry can be added to any vehicle regardless of their make and model. Also known as the key fob system, the remote has a basic lock and unlock doors feature. Some remote controllers are also equipped with trunk release buttons. The key fob system is programmed to work with a specific vehicle and works only within a certain distance.
Another type of keyless entry is the smart key which is equipped with a microchip. The smart keys resemble a credit card and can trigger the doors to unlock and lock by simply walking up to the car. When inside the car, the driver can push a button which is located inside the car to turn on the ignition without taking out the car keys from his/her pocket or purse.
A recent addition to the keyless entry system is opening the trunk with a button that can be pressed by foot. The feature is useful especially at times when the driver’s hands are full and is not able to take the keys out. One kick on the trunk release will open the trunk while the second one will close it after loading and unloading.
The other types of keyless entry include:
• Door mounted keypad for lock and unlock
• GPS remote keyless entry
• Smartphone integrated keyless entry
• Unlocking and locking via Bluetooth
• Hidden button keyless entry system
Advantages of a keyless entry
The main advantage of a keyless entry is safety. With the growing rate of crime, you can never be too safe. It is unsafe to take the time to find your key and unlock the doors manually. You are also exposed to danger when your back is turned. But keyless entry keeps you protected by automatically unlocking the door as soon as you are at a safe distance from the vehicle.
Keyless entry system is also a convenient way to open all four doors with just a touch of the button. The feature is very useful when you have your hands full and can’t use them to open the locks. The keyless entry system eliminates the need of having to put everything you are holding down and picking it back again after opening the locks in a traditional way.
The feature is also useful for those who have a hard time finding their car in a large parking lot or garage. With keyless entry system, you don’t have to walk up and down the aisles in search of your car. The remote in your pocket or purse will do the job for you.
The final word!
As our lives continue to get busier each day, every new technology that can help save time and effort is always welcome. With keyless entry system, you don’t have to waste time rummaging in your overcrowded purse or search your pants pocket for the car keys. With just a tap on the remote or getting too close proximity with your vehicle, you can easily and conveniently open and close the car doors. If you are planning on buying a new car, then make sure you integrate a keyless entry system in it.