KSAT Crime Fighters look into key-less entry vehicles

New technology coming standard in many vehicles

Technology is changing the way people enter and exit their vehicles, with the use of key “fobs” becoming more mainstream in a variety of vehicles.

The fobs, which allow a user to enter and turn on a vehicle without putting a key in the ignition, provide an added convenience to drivers.

In addition to starting with the push of the button, Albert Velasco, Brand Specialist with Cavender Audi, said the systems are designed with safety in mind, including the ability to secure doors by touching them, and alerts to notify a user if keys are accidentally left in the vehicle, or if the vehicle is left running.

“Anytime the door is open, and the engine is running, it's going to let me know because of the constant beeping,” said Velasco. “It lets me know that the engine is on.  It's a safety feature, so that I don't accidentally leave the car running when I get out."

With either a key-less system, or a traditional key, your key chain should never be left in a vehicle.

“Just like in the old days, whenever you had a key in there, people can drive off in your car,” said Velasco.  “It doesn't change at all with this."

KSAT Crime Analyst Eddie Gonzales said while the new technology is designed to make vehicles safer, it’s important to be aware of other factors, that may put you at risk.

“Don't leave the keys on the dashboard or on the seat, always have them physically on you,” Gonzales said.  “The main things is always be aware of where your keys are at, and again who may be approaching you.  Most people will show you their intentions if you just look close enough.”

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