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What exactly is Keyless Entry and is it Safe?

Remote car unlocking has been with us since the 1980s. Since then, we’ve had the luxury of being able to open our vehicles without physically putting our keys into our car door. Keyless entry has only come about over recent years and now allows us to open our car without even holding the keys in our hands!


Common amongst most new cars, let’s take some time to understand exactly how keyless entry works.


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So, how does Keyless Entry work?


When opening your vehicle, as long as the keys are on your person (whether that’s a pocket or handbag) and are within a 5 to 20 metre radius to the car, it will sense you’re nearby and unlock the doors once you place your hand on the door handle. How does it do that we hear you say?


Simply put, a radio signal is emitted from your key fob and is then recognised by your car, which tells it to unlock.


The Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry


Like most things, keyless entry has its pros and cons….


It’s convenient in that you don’t have to rummage around in your handbag trying to find the keys, the security element is great meaning you gain access to your vehicle quickly and are less likely to be robbed, and remote starting means you’re able to heat up or cool down the inside of your car whilst it’s sat on the drive (although we don’t recommend doing this for security reasons!).


However, nothing is perfect. Keyless entry cars don’t always turn off and lock if the fob goes out of range and security issues have risen with thieves being able to hack the systems.


Technology is adapting and changing regularly, so whilst the above may be issues at the moment, it’s something that car brands are working on.


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If you’re purchasing a new car, it’s likely that it will have keyless entry installed, but hopefully this post has helped you understand it a little bit more and prepared you for using it.


If you have any problems with your keyless entry vehicle and you are in South Wales, please give us a call as we would be happy to help and get you back into your vehicle and on to the roads of Wales once again

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