Category: Dumb Smart Keys

Issues caused by new key technology and some help.

2016 NYIAS Impresses, and Gets Upstaged

Tesla Model 3

This year’s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) did not disappoint, with lots to discover. Among them: Advertisement –    Many new models hiding key holes –    More manufacturers offering instrument panel help to start vehicles if the key fob is dead –    Lots of new Hybrid models and two Hydrogen powered prototypes seen –    Eight …

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Push Button Start — A Little Touch Will Do Ya

Push Button

So, we recently put together a video about push button start systems. Why? Well, it may be a bit silly, but its been nagging at us that the results just may be start button failures in the future. Advertisement You see, no matter what the start button in your push button start car looks like, …

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BMW’s Display Key Fob Can Be Recharged!

In an absolute first as well as a “why didn’t anyone do this before” moment, BMW is making a new key fob that holds a rechargeable battery. With key fobs constantly dying in push button start cars, this is an idea that is long overdue. In a step backwards, the mechanical key is not integrated …

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Tragic Incident Points to a Need to Build to Intuition

GM Coupe Escape Lever

Our mission at DashboardSymbols.com is to make new auto technologies simpler to understand and use so that you can feel safe and secure. Electronics rarely have intuitive solutions when problems arise. We have long railed about car companies making getting in a push-button start car difficult when an electronic issue strikes, but we didn’t recognize …

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A ‘Key’ Surprise at the 2015 NY International Auto Show

NX Handle Pulled

Two more manufacturers were discovered to have joined hidden keyhole club at the 2015 New York International Auto Show; Mercedes and Porsche. We found five at the Show’s 2014 edition, so this could be seen as an improvement. Of course, the list of those not employing this pet peeve of a feature is dwindling. However, …

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