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 are a few cool remote car keys that’ll make you wonder – what else can’t be done remotely?
1. BMW 7-Series
The 7-series has always been the benchmark of advancements in all things mechanical and technological for the BMW production line-up. 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). It allows the driver to park and summon the car without even having to be in it!
Yes, you heard it right; a key to park your car remotely!
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 the car’s parameters such as time; fuel levels and range; status of central locking systems, windows and the glass roof. It even reminds you of service notifications! Who needs a brain these days? Get this – the BMW display key can also be charged wirelessly!
2. Pagani Huayra
At first impression you can’t be blamed for thinking this looks nothing more than a USB pen drive. Really, it’s keys to the “more-than-you-can-afford-pal” Pagani Huayra – pronounced as “wai-ra” with a silent H.
At a whopping S$3,700, the aluminium key is actually shaped to resemble the actual car. It opens like a conventional pen drive, where the top half serves to store data while the back end is the actual key that’s inserted into the ignition at the center console. Well, that comically makes the Huayra look as if it has crashed into a wall with the back end sticking out.
3. The Koenigseggggggg's
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 once the patina sets in after long usage.
It’s come a long way since the CCX, the keys to the later models come with a pen drive on the bottom end, which can be used to play digital music stored in it. We’re not sure why you’ll still want music when 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.
4. 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 in you. Depending on which model you drive, the Bugatti Veyron’ speed is limited to under 200mph without this key. The slot for this special top speed key is behind the driver’s seat.
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 hair-raising top speeds of over 240mph (again, its dependent on the model you can afford – in your dreams).
5. VW's People's Car Project (PCP) Key
Conceived for China in China, this key features a slim, 9mm high-resolution screen that, like that of BMW’s, which allows you to monitor the car’s fuel levels, climate conditions and vehicle security.
6. 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.
If you think driving a Bond car is cool, this takes it a step further. Crafted exclusively for owners of the DBS, as you approach the car, simply 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.
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