Satch:Fred99: "Prox keys suck and this is why"
There's about a zillion comments on that page, vehemently arguing the supposed pros - yet obvious cons.
Hardly a mention of the ludicrous NZ$500 cost for replacement keys - which pays for a few cents worth of moulded plastic, a few dollars worth of components, and a few minutes to program in to your car.
They are a gimmick - along with the "start button", designed to appeal to - and thus make us prisoners of - the child within.
Are you serious???
I'm semi-serious. Sure that article may have been a little over the top, but some valid points are made.
There is a "paradigm shift" between the key / lock relationship which we intuitively understand, and the consequences of not adapting to that change could be extremely inconvenient.
Then the example given above of the 2 years old, hand in hand, and you can open the door without the keys. I've been there. I've done that. Believe me that if there was some life-changing technological advance I would have wished for - keyless entry to my car wouldn't have even been close to top of the list. Some kind of robotic mind-control implant for 2YO would have been good - so it got into it's child seat automatically when it was tired, a massive air volume activated carbon filter would have been nice at times, automatically deploying projectile puke deflectors, whole cabin noise cancelling systems, I'm sure there's stuff I missed. Not once did I think that not having to reach for my car keys would change my life in any significant way at all.
I don't want a lot of this stuff in my car. It doesn't last, it doesn't improve my user experience, and it's extremely expensive to fix when it inevitably fails.