In response to Mark Rechtin's column (in some editions of the May 16 issue) "They call it 'SmartKey' - but it's a stupid idea," Siemens VDO Automotive's experience with PAssive Start & Entry has been positive, with increasing consumer demand.
While the column highlights the feature's convenience and security advantages, it seems to focus on poor implementation on a specific vehicle.
For example, typical systems have an audible chime that alerts the driver to situations mentioned by Rechtin, such as if the SmartKey is left in the vehicle while the engine is or isn't running or if it leaves the vehicle while the engine is running.
In addition, system integrators take regional market preferences into account.
Rechtin's experience may have been an anomaly.
Automotive technologies continue to evolve and require some user adaptation/training.
Based on our experience, the benefits of PAssive Start & Entry have been appreciated by consumers and may even be a factor when choosing their next vehicle.