Like so many components in today’s vehicles, the traditional car key has transformed from a simple mechanical tool to a highly sophisticated electronic device in the past 20 years. Thanks to the growing popularity of electronic key fobs, passive keyless entry systems and push-button ignition switches, traditional mechanical keys are looking obsolete. What will become of the quaint little appliance we still refer to as a car key? Does it dissolve into a few bits of computer code that can ...

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