Keyless Car Starting, Part Deux
I didn’t realize that we may have a hot topic on our hands, in less than 12 hours, already two comments, and since I normally don’t get any, this must be important. First from a parking lot operator at a Cruise Line:
One of these new fangled cars was left running at my cruise ship lot for a week. It was near the 24/7 cashier’s booth, so we didn’t worry about it being stolen. With a full tank the car idled four days. The owners came back after their cruise and thought somebody siphoned out all their gasoline. We told them that they left the car locked and running. Yep, key fob ignition.
I have a remote start on my Chevy truck. I love it, but it stops running after 5 minutes unless I put the key in the ignition.
And a comment from a Valet parking Operation:
Two comments on this story. First from a parking point of view, this is a terrible system for valet parking. I cannot tell you how many times valet customers have forgotten to provide the attendant with the fob. The customer leaves and we have no way to start the car again. We train our attendants, but….
From a personal stand point, it is very convenient. When approaching the car with your hands full, you do not have to dig for the keys. My wife loves it, she keeps the fob in her purse and does not have to get the key out each time.
As I understand it, then, if you have one of these critters, as you approach your car, it automatically unlocks. Is this a good thing? I don’t know a lot about it, but if it unlocks without you having to do anything (like press a button on the fob) what if you just walked by the car, it unlocked, but you didn’t know it. You then went on your way. Wouldn’t that leave your car unlocked?
I have keyless entry but I have to push something on my key to lock, unlock, and open the trunk. Perhaps it would be good if someone who actually had one of these “splained” it all to us.