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It was not too long ago that you had to use your key to unlock your car doors and trunk, and to start your vehicle.

Key fobs make it easier to get into vehicles.

Key fobs have come a long way since they were first introduced.

Key fobs have made life much easier for drivers.

Over time, it has become a convenience for us to have remote controls for different functions of our vehicles.

German researchers demonstrated how many cars are vulnerable to an inexpensive and effective technique.

In order to get into a modern car, you will usually have to have the key fob that comes with the car.

There are few things more embarrassing (or more annoying, if it’s a neighbor’s car) than a car alarm that won’t shut off.

In the world we live in today, the use of fob security authentication is used in multiple areas.

Replacing a car key can be a messy and frustrating experience.

Car keys are an essential part of your vehicle and there are a few different types of them depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

When small digital systems appeared in the 1980s, the car industry was quick to pick up and use them.

Whether they are single purpose or multi-purpose, electronic car door locks have standard features: A latch/door lock An actuator Actuator rods Activated by radio Electric car door locks operate by receiving a radio signal transmitted by the car key fob, signaling the actuator to activate, which then routes the command through the correct path (lock/unlock) and performs the desired action.

Are your power locks keeping you from getting into your car, or locking it when you leave? You need to know what’s going wrong and take steps to stop it from happening.

Vehicle starting systems have evolved significantly since their inception.

For the vast majority of people, cranking your car involves getting the key out, sliding it into the ignition, and turning it to the “run” position.

Technology has advanced for automotive security and user-focused features, and a shift is occurring where traditional key-and-cylinder starting systems are being replaced by keyless push-button ignition systems.

The only thing that BMW has officially said about the key fob for the upcoming i8 is that it's made with eco-friendly materials. Like a biopolymer made with castor bean oil and glass fiber. But, according to a leaked picture on Bimmerfile, there will be something a lot cooler built into the thing you'll always have with you when you drive the i8: a connected screen telling you charging status of the car and the range in the battery pack.

The gadget has been discovered to be a $5 piece of technology

Police are finally starting to catch up to crafty thieves who are using a cheap wireless fob to hack into cars. The device, which has been used in other break-ins around the world, had confounded authorities until now.

Driving a vehicle like a Maserati is as much about the status symbol as it is about the mechanical bits of the vehicle underneath the badge. So it only follows that the Trident marque should offer other ways for its customers to flaunt their wealth when away from their GranTurismo or Quattroporte.

The Ford GT is on the short list of coolest cars in the 21st century, with up to 600 horsepower, killer retro looks, and Ferrari F430-beating athleticism. Buyers were more than happy to accept a limited edition Ford supercar, but many owners were less than thrilled with Ford's corporate key and fob. While it sounds a bit petty, sharing a key with an F-150 just doesn't scream exotic track star.

NOTE: After reading some of the excellent comments on this post, we decided to test this again from 30 miles away... and it didn't work. We're going to retest at a different location but similar distance to see what gave us the positive test. Stay tuned.

BMW's MINI brand has never had a big advertising budget, but everyone would agree it's ad agency knows how to stretch a dollar. The latest promotion from MINI is a program called Motorby that takes interactivity at 60 mph to new heights. According to MotoringFile.com, a large MINI enthusiast/news site, select MINI owners were recently email an invitation to join the Motorby campaign, whereby they give MINI some scraps of info about themselves and are then sent a special key fob in the mail. Spec

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