Keyless Ignitions – The Future is Now

It has been speculated by many in the automotive industry that the clock is ticking on the use of standard cut key blades for operating vehicles. Not only are their security concerns which could be alleviated by switching to keyless ignition systems, but also safety concerns which could be eliminated. It what is a signal that this industry change may be coming faster than expected, General Motors is telling dealerships to replace the key systems on their 2014 and 2015 models for many larger vehicles which include the Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Sierra. The reason for this is the concern that the key can become knocked out of position when attempting to shift gears. This is reminiscent of the problem which resulted in the recall of millions of General Motors vehicles this past year.

Security Concerns

One of the benefits that many manufacturers can have by switching their vehicles to keyless ignition systems is an added amount of security. Transponder car keys have certainly helped to reduce the amount of automotive thefts that have taken place, but it only stands to be a matter of time before thieves are able to find new methods to disable transponder car key systems. As more thieves are able to become familiar with the technical workings of transponder car keys it is possible that they find easier ways to duplicate the programming found in transponder car keys. By removing the keyed blade, auto manufacturers can rely solely on improved keyless ignition technology to keep customer’s vehicles security.

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A simple button push can start your vehicle and provide safety in many new model vehicles.

Increased Safety

As demonstrated in the General Motors vehicles which needed to be recalled throughout the year, there certainly are safety concerns that can arise from the use of traditional blade keys. With minor wear and tear, or because of part failure, the key can be turned from the on position while an individual is driving the car. This can cause for the loss of power steering and brakes, which is obviously dangerous especially if you are on the highway. While the key slipping from the position is unlikely to happen, the possibility still remains. By using a keyless ignition fob there is no wear and tear which results from the repeated use of the ignition. This eliminates the possibility that the car can be moved from the open position while the owner is driving.

The added benefit of security does come at a cost. Having to get your keyless ignition fob replaced can be an expensive undertaking, so keeping your fobs secure and handy is a definite need. You can receive a replacement bladed car key much easier, and much cheaper, than you are able to have a replacement keyless ignition fob replaced. Despite this extra cost in the case that you have lost your fobs, keyless ignitions will almost certainly become standard on new vehicles in the near future. Their combination of safety and security allow for the most carefree driving experience possible. Following the recalls that the manufacturer had to deal with this year, General Motors seems poised to be a leader in the implementation of keyless ignition systems going forward.

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Safety Concerns as Digital Key Duplication Increases

More and more service providers are getting into the digital key duplication business. The premise is solid and seems to help homeowners avoid a great deal of hassle. All a homeowner has to do is take a picture of the front and back of their key and send the pictures off to a key duplication service for cutting and then shipping back to your location. The entire process takes just a few days and can have you with a spare key in just a few minutes. However, this ease has draw security concerns from some sceptics who believe that having key duplication so widely available in a digital manner can lead to an increased security risk.

One of the biggest security concerns is the ability for another person to take a picture of your house or apartment key for duplication, without you knowing so. Digital key duplication services fight this possible security concern by making the users input both a picture of the front and the back of the key. Key duplication companies claim that only an authorized user would have the time to take a close-up of both the front and back of the key. Additionally, if someone did make a copy of your key and use it to break into your home, key duplication companies claim it is easy to track these violators down thanks to the credit card that they would need to use, in addition to the billing address provided with this credit card. While these ideas seem solid at first glance, it seems that there are ways for criminals to get around the security of digital key duplication services.

Of course in addition to security concerns that surround the physical safety of your key, many potential digital key duplication service users are concerned about the safety of their keys once the picture is sent to the duplication company. So far there have been no security breaches for any of the major digital key duplicators in the United States, but it still stands to see whether there become more security concerns as hackers become more aware of these increasingly popular service. Duplication companies claim that they are doing everything in their power to ensure that your keys stay as secure as possible while in the duplication process. In addition to their security measures, check out some of our safety tips below.

Tips for keeping your house keys safe

  • Keep keys in your pocket rather than an exposed lanyard or belt loop
  • Never give an individual an entire key ring, only the key they need
  • Use keys that say “Do Not Duplicate”
  • Keep spares in a secure location

At the moment it seems that key duplication services are doing enough to keep customers safe, however is that concern worth the hassle saved by going to your local hardware store. Many hardware stores complete the duplication of standard house keys for just a few dollars and make an easy way to have spares made for your home. Unfortunately for vehicle owners, digital key duplication services do not have the capacity to provide you with replacement car keys. Remember to always ensure that the digital key duplication company you are choosing is reputable, after all, they will now have access to the piece of equipment that keeps your home inaccessible to outsiders.