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$22 worth of electronics is all it takes.

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

If Ford offers this keypad, you'll be able to enter more complicated entry codes.

Most calls were for flat tires, dead batteries, and keys locked in cars.

Many of the rescues could have been avoided.

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

Keyless entry systems have become a staple in the automotive world, and their use is as widespread as power windows.

The BMW comfort access technology was introduced in 2002 as a keyless remote system that uses sensors to detect where the owner is in proximity to the vehicle within 1.

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

Remote keyless entry systems can be a great addition to your vehicle.

Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad.

If you own a newer model vehicle, there’s a good chance it has power door locks.

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.

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.

Keys and combinations are for your old man. Skylock brings your bike lock into the digital age, which actually is more exciting and practical than it sounds. This solar-powered U-lock claims to be "as strong as any lock on the market," and features levels of connectivity that add a lot of versatility to what used to just be a thing to keep your bike from getting nicked.

"My dog ate my homework." That excuse might not have worked in grade school, and as Volkswagen proves in its latest ad for the Jetta sedan, telling your boss "my dog ate my keys" is no excuse for being late to work, either.

Anything that emits a signal can be intercepted. Or extended. So with that simple fact in mind, researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland were able to imitate the signal coming from a car's key fob, allowing them to open the doors and drive away. And it wasn't just one model from one brand. The study included 10 different models from eight manufacturers.

What a theft-proof car requires – Click above to view the image after the jump

Not even James Bond has one of these: a watch that performs the functions of a keyless entry fob for your car. Developed by (or for) Chinese car manufacturer BYD, the gadget is made only for the F8 model. Press the top button on the right, and the car is locked, press the bottom button, the car is unlocked.

We all take for granted that the little plastic key fob in our pockets is a secure way of locking and unlocking our car doors. But a group of researchers say they have devised a way to relatively quickly decipher your car's unique code and totally pwn everything inside it.

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