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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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RE: Cool little gadget
By MrSmurf on 11/15/2006 2:04:08 PM , Rating: 1
I fail to see how it's great stuff. It does nothing outside of give the driver details about their dashboard display outside of their car. Seems more like another GM gimmick to boast sales.

RE: Cool little gadget
By iNGEN on 11/15/2006 5:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with MrSmurf on this one. Other than the "Hmm, did I remember to lock the door?" timesaver, I don't see why I would want all info on a device that already takes up way to much space/weight in my pocket.

Standardize a module providing this functionality that slips into my PDA that can also remind me to change my oil, buy windshield wiper fluid cause it's low, or alert me my car was just involved in an accident, and I might go for it.

RE: Cool little gadget
By jmn2519 on 11/15/2006 5:55:21 PM , Rating: 2
OR give me a button that will remotely start the car instead of making me go with some crappy after market solution.

That would be the only thing I'd want.

RE: Cool little gadget
By iNGEN on 12/7/2006 12:31:23 PM , Rating: 2

My ignition is all electronic anyway! My key doesn't mechanically complete a circuit like it did in previous cars I'e owned.

Then again, what happens when my PDA gets a virus? Does my car "not want to get out of bed in the morning"?

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