The Key to Your Car

By Shayan Zafar in Industrial Design

10 months ago - 4 mins read

The first automobile was invented in around 1885. Where earlier, people’s mode of transportation was mainly horse carts, cycles, and vehicles that ran on steamed engines, the creation of the automobile was one that really changed lives for generations to come.

The first ever automobile invented looked something like in the picture below. Fascinating as it may seem, my curiosity of how time has changed the functioning of this vehicle was at its peek when I decided to research about that one thing that actually powers/starts/controls this whole idea; The car key!

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From back in the days to now, the look and feel of the car key has changed greatly. From the tradition mechanical key to the very sleek and automated keys of today, the evolution has been phenomenal and has made the users life easier with each new version.  Image result for car key evolution

Here are a few of the very interesting key designs that I found that might catch your eye:

P:S. Say NO to impulse purchases!

Telsa Model S

Tesla's Model S key is shaped like a mini-Model S, and has an option to pull the car forward and backward remotely, without anyone in the car.

The dream car of many, Telsa Model S has a key that is a mini version of the car. Apart from the normal automated functions like locking and unlocking, the key has a feature to move the car backward and forward just by pressing the touch points on the key. How cool is that!

Jaguar F-Pace Activity Key

An Activity key, first introduced for the Jaguar F-Pace, is a shockproof and waterproof wrist bands that allows you to lock and unlock your car and acts as the actually key. The idea behind its design was that people want to roam around as freely as possible without worrying about losing their keys, especially when they are indulged in activities like skiing, water sports, etc. For this very purpose, leaving the actual key locked inside the car, the person can move on and lock/unlock his/her car by holding the wristband close to hidden sensor on the body of the car. Not very popular amongst people, it still has a great purpose behind its creation right?

BMW 7-series

BMW 7-series' key has a full color touch screen. It has options to lock and unlock the car, pop open the trunk, and panic.

The BMW 7-series key has a fully operational touch color screen which allows you to lock, unlock, open the trunk, control the lights and climate, view fuel range, and also park the car. Talk about automation.

Smartphone Applications as keys

Tesla Model 3 cars don't even have a key fob. The cars are accessed with the Tesla app.

And last, but most definitely not the least, are keys that do not even exists. Volvo and the Tesla Model 3 now have apps in your smartphones that acts as keys to your car. These come with functionalities that include control your cars climate, lighting, GPRS, etc. and is a save option to track down your car if and when lost.

With all this evolution with time, it is only exciting to vision what the future holds for us. I hope one day somebody can make a key to life that is this automated and easy to use.

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