Pros And Cons Of Push Button Start Cars

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As with all new forms of technology, there are benefits and pitfalls to adopting keyless start cars. Although the latest iteration didn’t emerge until the early 2000s, push button cars first appeared back in 1912 when Cadillac introduced an electric push-button starter to replace the risky and hard-to-operate hand crank. But then keys came along and replaced the start buttons, which typically were located on the floor or dashboard.

 

Pros

1. The smart key can remain in the driver’s pocket or purse when locking, unlocking and starting the car because sensors in the car communicate directly with the fob.

 

 


Pros

2. The technology allows the convenience of a remote start for car owners, which can be a great way to warm up the car while it’s still locked and parked in one’s driveway.

 

 


Pros

3. The technology will detect if the key is inside the car – which makes it almost impossible to lock your keys inside your car.

 

 


Cons

1. Some drivers haven’t been properly educated on how to turn off vehicles with push-button ignitions, leading to people forgetting to turn them off and leaving the car running or putting them in “park” before exiting the car.

 

 


Cons

2. Lost fobs are much more expensive to replace than traditional keys.

 

 


Cons

3. Presently there’s no industry standardization, so the way the fobs perform vary from one car to the next.

 

 


Cons

4. If a fob’s battery dies, the driver will need to know how to override the system and find/use the hard key the manufacturer has hidden in the device – or call roadside assistance.

 

 

 


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