In an age where everything is done via remote, sensors or through the net, it comes as no surprise when cars of today can provide such a luxury if you can afford them of course. Here’s a few cool car keys/remotes that’ll make you wonder; what else can’t be done remotely?
The 7-series has always been the benchmark of advancements in all things mechanical and technological for the BMW production line-up – which comes as no surprise when you’re paying as near as makes no difference a cool million of your precious Ringgits for a shell on four wheels. The standout feature in the new 7-series has to be the remote-control parking system which is controlled by its key that comes with a 2.2-inch LCD touchscreen (320x240 pixels), that allows the driver to park and summon the car without even having to be in it!
Yes, you heard it right; a key to remotely park your car!
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The key fob is essentially a smartphone minus the ability to make calls, and was first introduced as an option in the brand’s i8 Hybrid sports car. It displays various information of the car’s status and parameters, time, fuel levels and range, on the status of central locking systems, windows and the glass roof. It even reminds the owner of service notifications! It’s questionable sometimes what technology is doing to our ability to remember things. Get this, the BMW display key can be charged via a USB cable or even wirelessly!
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At first impression you can’t be blamed for thinking that its nothing more than a USB pen drive, and it is in part, while also serving as the keys to the “more-than-you-can-afford-pal” Pagani Huayra – pronounced as “wai-ra” with a silent H.
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At a whopping $3,700, the aluminium key is actually shaped to resemble the actual car; the “key” opens like a conventional pen drive, where the top half actually serves to store data while the back end is the actual key that’s inserted into the ignition at the center console – which comically makes the Huayra look as if it crashed into a wall with the back end sticking out.
Speaking of pen drive/car keys, another automotive innovator that adopts the same approach to its keys is none other than Swedish marque automaker, Koenigseggggg. One of the coolest car keys out there – with a façade that looks like the shield of a Viking, it’s made of silver which can be re-polished and freshened once the patina sets in after long usage.
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It’s come a long way since the CCX, where the shield-like keys was only used as well, a key. The keys to the later models come with a pen drive on the bottom end which can be used to play music stored in it; don’t know why you’d want to do that since their engines make some of the best tunes! If you’re having a hard time figuring out where the car key is in this photo, it’s the Koenigsegg shield on the top right.
Bugatti's Top Speed Key
This is a second special key to the main one that’s used to start the car that not only unlocks the full potential of a Bugatti, but also unleashes the wild man in you. Without this key, the Bugatti Veyron is limited to a speed of under 200mph depending on which model. The slot for this special top speed key as it is commonly known is situated in a slot behind the driver’s seat.
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Upon initiating the “top speed mode”, the Bugatti conducts a series of safety checks, lowers its chassis, closes its diffuser flaps and reduces its rear wing angle for minimal to no drag for some facial and body hair-raising, allowing the million-dollar supercar to hit its top speed of over 240mph (Again, its depends on which model Bugatti you can afford in your dreams.)
VW's People's Car Project (PCP) Key
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With a name like that you might confuse it for a car that’s right out of North Korea but no, instead the idea was conceived for China in China. Its Smart Key features a slim, 9mm high-resolution screen that, like that of BMW’s allow you to monitor the car’s fuel levels, climate conditions and vehicle security.
Aston Martin DBS Jaeger-LeCoultre Key
In commemoration of the launch of the DBS, Aston Martin and Swiss watch maker Jaeger-LeCoultre released a chronograph watch with a built in transponder that allows the owner to unlock the car and fire up its engine at the same time.
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Crafted exclusively for owners of the DBS, all the owner needs to do as they approach the car is to press the open position on the watch glass around the 9 o’clock area to unlock and do the same around the 3 o’clock area to lock the car – as though driving a Bond car is not cool enough.