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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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By vandy0419 on 11/15/2006 1:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
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.

I don't see how monitoring systems in your current car's dash has ANYTHING to do with the matter that this GM available option will allow the car's computer to send the information about tire pressure and all the other afore mentioned parameters in the article to the key fob. That is like comparing the ability over a decade ago to hook up a portable CD player into a tape deck when CD players were just becoming available in car audio. They are just expanding on the non-monitary values of the cars.

I think this device will be greatly useful and hopefully will allow GM to improve their current status in the US market. Especially for such a cheap option, probably as useful as the autostart available on lots of GM cars.

RE: Nice
By Brandon Hill on 11/15/2006 1:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
I was not responding to the article, I was responding to the person talking about tire pressure and the whole Explorer/Firestone debacle.

The Ford "Exploder" controversy was one of the reasons why cars now have tire pressure monitoring systems installed b/c people are too lazy to check the pressue themselves on a regular basis.

That being said, having it installed on the key fob or on the dash doesn't really make one bit of difference. You would still be notified (in either case) of an underinflated tire before even putting the vehicle in gear/drive.

RE: Nice
By TomZ on 11/15/2006 2:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
People shouldn't have to worry every day about their tire pressure being a little low, and that causing the vehicle to become unstable and dangerous. After all, you don't have that same situation with most other vehicles on the road today.

I would also guess that 90% of people would not be aware of one of their tires being a bit underinflated - it is not an issue of laziness - but of awareness. Therefore, tire monitoring equipment is appropriate and prudent for models that have a high risk of stability problems when their tire pressure is low.

Having it on the key fob may be marginally helpful if you are outside the vehicle, have the vehicle off, and are planning to add some air to the low tire(s).

RE: Nice
By Brandon Hill on 11/15/2006 2:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
90% aren't aware b/c 90% of them don't even bother to check ;)

I think the standard convention is to at least check tire pressure every two weeks (once a month at the least). And IIRC, TPMSs don't "trigger" unless the pressure is down by a sizeable amount.

For example, someone who checks their tire pressure every couple of weeks would notice if 3 tires are at 35 PSI and one is at 30-31 PSI and reinflate. A TMPS would only trigger when the tire has lost 25% of its rated inflation.

RE: Nice
By Brandon Hill on 11/15/2006 2:13:31 PM , Rating: 3
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