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
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.
quote: I know on my car, there is a icon in the dashboard cluster that will illuminate along with a sounder that will go off if the tire pressure is too low at any corner.