The amazing history of the car key: from the toggle switch to extinction

The amazing history of the car key: from the toggle switch to extinction

July 14, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The first car keys, which appeared in 1900, were ordinary toggle switches. They did not start the engine, and their turn was one of the stages of a complex engine start procedure, which far from all could cope with. Only knowledgeable people made the motor come to life.

Portable, let’s call them so, car keys, like keys to door locks, appeared in 1910. With their help, the electric ignition circuit was blocked to make the car harder to steal. By the way, the engine was still not started with the key. This year can be called the year of the beginning of the struggle of automakers against theft of cars, in which the key was played, sorry for the turnover, a key role.

Ten years later, cars began to lock, but with a separate key. Then, in the 1920s, the ignition key started to start the starter, which started the engine, and then the steering column began to lock when removing the key from the ignition switch.

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At the time, these were megatechnologies not available on all cars. For example, they were equipped with a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The car was from the Queen of Iran, Soraya, and the key was specially made of gold.

The combination of car door keys and ignition began in the 1960s. At the same time, the key acquired its usual form, which persisted until the 1980s.

The middle of the 1990s was marked by the appearance of a central lock, which locked and unlocked all the doors at the same time with one touch of a button on a special keyring or by turning the key in the driver’s door lock. Running around the car with a key in the outstretched hand came to an end.

Gradually, wireless technologies made the keys remote – the unlocking and locking buttons began to be embedded in the key itself, which has new functions. For example, a special button activated the lights of the car to make it easier to find in the parking lot. But the key was still needed to unlock the ignition, like a few decades ago.

The first keyless entry systems in the salon appeared in 1999. They not only unlocked the doors, but also allowed the vehicle to start by pressing a button. The traditional “sting” began to get rid of his age.

Today, the car key, which lies somewhere in a purse or pocket of clothes, does not even need to get to get into the car or start the engine. This is just the id that the host is here. Avtovory, by the way, found a serious vulnerability of these keys, and this is what they use.

But the modern keychain with the keyless entry system has already begun to get rid of its own. He is being replaced by smartphones that are ready to take on the functions of many things around us. For example, Bosch introduced a keyless entry system – a virtual key-application in a smartphone. The physical key simply disappears, and its idea moves to a new level. Sensors installed in the car, recognize the smartphone owner as securely as a fingerprint, and unlock the car only for him. At the same time, the digital key management system connects the application and the car through the cloud, which means that the car key can soon be transferred to anyone from anywhere in the world, and this idea is fascinating in the context of the history of the auto key.