Siemens’ Electronics wins a PACE Award for a deceptively simple device. Easily seen as just a replacement for the mechanical key, simply carrying Siemens’ Keyless-Go, a credit card-sized transponder, allows the driver to walk up to a locked vehicle, open the door, and press a button to get under way. As the driver approaches the car, the device can trigger memory seats, power mirrors, and other pre-sets. More than an extension of power door locks, it provides a glimpse into the future of automotive-human interfaces. Like the electric starter and automatic transmission, Keyless Go enables a new range of possibilities for the coming generation of digitally enhanced cars.
Keyless Go is a direct outgrowth of Siemens’ immobiliser technology, which integrates security services with the vehicle’s engine control computer. It extends that technology by adding two-way radio frequency (RF) communication technology, allowing remote detection (turn-off the anti-theft systems, unlock the doors or trunk while you’re outside, enable the engine) and integration with body control systems (adjustment of mirrors, seats, steering wheel, pedals, and other electronic systems ). Keyless Go users no longer have to juggle packages or hunt through pockets to find their keys. Siemens also solved the problem of locking keys in the car or trunk, or identifying the driver when both occupants are carrying Keyless Go cards.
This step is a technology that continues to leverage Siemens’ immobilizer and engine control expertise, and provides a further step toward the “digital car.”
Siemens is successfully using an architectural or “platform” approach to developing major insights into how we might interact with our cars, and providing solutions. In the not too distant future, Keyless Go could be used for cashless tolls, automated parking fees, “pay and go” gas pumps, and rental car pickups.