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Old 11-15-2006, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default GM's new key fob can check fuel level, tire pressures

GM's new key fob can check fuel level, tire pressures

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...x.htm?csp=N008



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For sleepless car owners who decide they need to check their tire pressure in the middle of the night, General Motors has a solution.
GM (GM) plans to introduce a remote-control key fob next April that will allow drivers to not only determine the pressure in each tire, but also check the odometer reading, see if there's enough fuel in the tank to make it to work in the morning, change the radio station settings and see if they remembered to lock the car doors, to name a few.

The device will be a $150 option on Cadillac Escalade luxury SUVs and other full-size GM SUVs, pickups and crossover-utility vehicles.

"One of the overarching themes people told us they wanted was security and safety," GM spokesman Tom Henderson says. Being able to reassure themselves about their vehicles without leaving the house is one way to satisfy that.

The feature builds on GM's expertise as the first automaker to introduce remote start, which made its debut in the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and now is available from other automakers and as an add-on accessory.

GM says it will be first to offer remote two-way communication with the vehicle using a liquid-crystal display on the fob. The fob will operate at four to six times the range of competitors' keyless entry systems, GM says.

Automakers have been giving the remote-control key fob more and more tasks beyond the ability to lock or unlock the doors from a distance. Some will operate the power windows. Others are keyed to a car's memory settings and reset seats, mirrors, stereo and other functions to the driver's preference after a different driver has been using the vehicle.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer systems that adjust a vehicle's seats and mirrors to a drivers' personal preferences not from the fob, but as soon as the driver touches the outside door handle.

Volvo is planning a keyless entry system that can detect a heartbeat and alert the driver if someone is lurking inside the car. That'll be introduced on a new version of the S80 sedan in the USA in February. The same technology, with some changes, should eventually be able to remind drivers if they forget and leave children in the car.

GM says its two-way fob will cost less than $100 to replace if it's lost or broken. And it should be hard to break, Henderson says. For testing, it's been dropped, dunked underwater and sprayed with saltwater.

GM says the feature probably will be considered a bargain. Consumer test panels showed that interest in the feature rose, rather than fell, when panel members were told what GM planned to charge.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:22 AM   #2
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Too many features. I like the fuel and tire pressure...but that's about it. The odometer reading is just stupid.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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I think all it needs is a inside temp warning for those dolts that like leaving poor pets in the car. oh and a Oil level warning too.





but dang, that could be useful for those folks that don't like checking those things.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:19 PM   #4
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That's cool.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:28 PM   #5
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Now, if only they could make the actual car that cool...
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Old 11-15-2006, 02:39 PM   #6
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That's a good idea.

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Old 11-15-2006, 05:08 PM   #7
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Meh.
I have never liked tons of fancy doo-hickies.
I don't even like power seats and automatic climate control.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:31 PM   #8
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thats pretty cool but I would have no use for it. I'm content to just lock and unlock my doors with a remote.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:55 PM   #9
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Meh.
I have never liked tons of fancy doo-hickies.
I don't even like power seats and automatic climate control.

I like power seats becuase they usually offer a finer adjustment.

Had ACC in my old Acura. I liked it for that car, but not for the sube.
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:01 PM   #10
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Hope its a 2 way alarm too, besides all those fancy features.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:44 PM   #11
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How do they make something so fancy look so dated?

I still love the BMW keyless entry and the VW switchblade key.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:54 PM   #12
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Useless gimmicky garbage.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:56 PM   #13
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That's a pretty neat idea, but it's clearly a gimmick to get you to buy a second-rate product. Rather than making these and promoting them, they need to do some R&D and make better vehicles.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:09 PM   #14
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What GM needs to do is offer this across the board, as a standard feature as I bet it would sway customers. But typical of GM, 90% of a good idea.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:10 PM   #15
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That's a pretty neat idea, but it's clearly a gimmick to get you to buy a second-rate product. Rather than making these and promoting them, they need to do some R&D and make better vehicles.
very true... its good to see that they are at least trying to get a step ahead of competitors with their key fobs... but it seems like they forgot to improve their actual vehicles..
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:10 AM   #16
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I love the tire pressure gauges, but i rather have that in the dash.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:35 AM   #17
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how can you controll all that with only four buttons?
a little OD but good idea... from GM.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:38 AM   #18
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Rather than making these and promoting them, they need to do some R&D and make better vehicles.
Probably some supplier put it together and sold the idea to GM. I highly doubt GM did much R&D to come up with this gadget.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:58 AM   #19
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I think this is great, and I must say that if this was released by Subaru or a premium brand most of you would be all over it.


With that being said, I don't think it would have been too much trouble to make it look halfway decent. Like Quentin said, it looks straight out of the early 90's.

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Old 11-16-2006, 09:21 AM   #20
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Pretty soon they will make a vehicle that drives itself. They none of us will be bothered with having to drive......

Peace,

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Old 11-16-2006, 09:36 AM   #21
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the rental car companies are droooooooooling about this, I bet. I would assume GM might offer some sort of integration with the scanner they use to check the car back in that will get the mileage. Plus they will know if the tank is full.

Of course this is starting out in the pricier models but will most likely trickle down in a few years.

Of course if you lose your key it's going to be big $$$$$ to fix it.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:22 AM   #22
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A Dream come true for a gadget lover
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