Some modern drivers have been enjoying the comfort that the keyless entry system brings to everyday life. However, there is a reasonable number of drivers that are yet to take full advantage of smart key systems.
Are you confused with the term ‘smart key systems’?
If yes, that could be due to the misconception out there about keyless entry and smart key. We want to let you know that both terms mean different things, which you will find out shortly.
In this piece, however, Fast Pro Locksmith covers the basic and important details to know about smart keys. Before we get to that, know that our insured, licensed, and bonded locksmith in Philadelphia can come to your rescue when you are faced with any automotive, residential, or commercial locksmith issue.
Just call us to discover what we can offer. So, what is the difference between keyless entry and smart keys, and what more can be learned about the latter? Let’s find out.
What Is The Difference Between Smart Key And Keyless Entry?
Talking primarily cars, keyless entry refers to a system that allows the locking and unlocking of a car sans key. Vehicles equipped with this system still come with a key but don’t necessarily require the key to perform the aforementioned tasks. But a smart key takes the whole process further. A smart key lets a driver start their vehicle without using a physical key in addition to carrying out the basic stuff of locking and unlocking the vehicle.
How does Smart Key Work?
Smart keys have a computerized system built into them and usually have a fob like design. The radio waves in the key communicate with the car’s computer system to allow access if the transmitted codes match. This means a smart key of a particular vehicle won’t work for another. If a driver has the smart key near or in the vehicle, perhaps in their pocket, they can unlock the doors or start the car. In addition to having the key on them, the driver typically may have to push a “start” button to get the car going or press a button on the door handle to unlock the door.
Who Introduced Smart Key?
In 1995, Siemens developed the first smart keys. The keys were introduced under the name “Keyless Go” by Mercedes-Benz. And the first Benz that comes equipped with a smart key was the Mercedes-Benz 1998 W220 S-Class.
Other manufacturers broke into the market with smart key systems under different names. Some of them include BMW’s Comfort Access or Display Key, FIAT-Chrysler’s Keyless Enter-N-Go, Audi’s Advanced Key, to mention a few.
Is Smart Key Safe?
Hinted earlier, no smart key can work for two cars. The smart key system has anti-theft technology. For example, the rolling or hopping code in them allows the engine of the car to start only if the projected hopping code from the key is recognized by the car’s computer system.
While smart keys are such an innovative, technologically advanced, and secure way to operate modern cars, hackers and car thieves are always on the lookout for how to compromise these systems. But with the constant update to smart keys by car manufacturers, we can expect more comfort and protection from these innovative devices.
If you drive any vehicle equipped with a smart key and need help with the key or lock system, don’t hesitate to call our Fast Pro Locksmith.
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