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GM's new key fob will be apart of a $150 option package

2007 Cadillac Escalade
GM's $150 option two-way key fob will makes it debut in spring 2007

Technology creep is steadily taking over automobiles. We now have everything ranging from iPod integration to satellite navigation to self-steering and automated parking systems to adaptive cruise control. GM is now looking to give the lowly key fob a makeover worthy of today's technology-craved society.

The remote control key fob not only has your standard features like lock/unlock and panic buttons, but it can also monitor tire pressure at each wheel, display the odometer and fuel levels and even check the status of the door locks. Information is displayed on an LCD screen that shows a mini-diagram of key vehicle components. From USA Today:

The feature builds on GM's expertise as the first automaker to introduce remote start, which made its debut in the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and now is available from other automakers and as an add-on accessory.GM says it will be first to offer remote two-way communication with the vehicle using a liquid-crystal display on the fob. The fob will operate at four to six times the range of competitors' keyless entry systems, GM says.

The key fob, which will be a $150 option on GM SUVs, crossovers and pickups in spring of next year, is quite durable and can survive being submersed in water as well as being dropped onto hard surfaces.

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that's just what I need
By Quiksel on 11/15/2006 1:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
I like the concept. I do.

But dang, that thing's BIG. I guess it matches the humongous SUV's that are so prevalent in American autos. I don't need it to fit my hand as much as it to fit in my pocket.

RE: that's just what I need
By TomZ on 11/15/2006 2:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
To me, it looks only slightly larger than a standard key fob, from what I can tell from the photo. Considering the display and the two-way RF capability, I think the size is reasonable.

RE: that's just what I need
By marvdmartian on 11/15/2006 2:41:05 PM , Rating: 2
Don't know about that. Guess it depends on how large the buttons are on it, which really can't be determined by the picture (would have been nice to have a pic of it in someone's hand).

To me, that pic makes it look to be about the size of one of those FM walkie-talkies!!

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