The advantages and efficiency of RFID-based systems (radio frequency identification) give a solid reason for increasing investments in the industry, as it’s now set to sustain in the long run. It also leads to the rising demand for remotely accessible keyless entry systems.
However, the vendors in the market are still limited, which provides easy entry to new players. Customers are also satisfied with the ease of use and the security these systems provide. For that reason, they’ve started looking for them in many industries. Along with increasing demand, it makes the global keyless entry system market attractive for innovators.
This increased popularity of new safety standards and connected vehicles using telematics and such RFID-based systems will push the boundaries of the global market. According to a recent report, the automotive keyless entry system market size is expected to produce around 180 million units by 2024.
What Are Keyless Entry Systems in Automotive?
Keyless entry systems are the electronic locks that control access to vehicles, without the use of a traditional key. They refer mostly to the use of electric remote control, instead of a key, which is activated by a handheld device or automatically by proximity.
Moreover, these keyless systems not only unlock the car but can perform other functions as well. They have grown to keyless ignition systems, which could start the engine. Their functions are contained on a key fob or built into the ignition key handle itself: such release or opening and closing tailgates.
Automotive keyless entry systems have been around for a long time. We all know the beep sounds that indicate the car is unlocked. But as technology evolves, there are some new trends in the automotive industry when it comes to remote control, and we’re going to have a look at the main ones.
Many modern vehicles have a proximity system, which is triggered if a transponder key is within a certain distance. This smart key is also called hands-free or advanced key. An early version of this system was found back in 1998 in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
However, today, it has evolved, and now almost every new model provides it. It allows you to unlock the car or stop the ignition without inserting a key. Instead, sensors show the vehicle that the key is approaching and it’s ready to work.
That’s the simpler version of a smart key system. It involves a security key embedded into modern vehicles’ keys. There’s a small chip into the key or under the plastic cover. When it’s inserted into the ignition, it’s coded. A security code is sent from the ignition to the engine, which also has a code. If the codes match, the vehicle will start. Smart security keys could be programmed according to the user’s preferences.
The integration of keyless systems didn’t seem to provide better security. There were even insurances who refused to insure vehicles with keyless ignition unless there were additional mechanical locks, due to weaknesses in such systems.
Keyless car thefts were recently blamed for record-high insurance claims of $1,2 million a day in the UK. The overall cost of motor claims shot up by $600 million to $10,4 billion in 2018. All this raises some serious concerns about vehicle digitalization in general.
As keyless car crimes have increased, some anti-theft pouches have been released to the market. Such simple solutions became available to put your mind at rest while your new vehicle is in the street. This technology seemed helpful, and now some car manufacturers have also adopted it for their products, which means that your new car will come with this function.
The Convenience of Keyless Entry
As you can see, there are still many concerns about keyless car entry systems, mostly because of the increased number of thefts. However, consumers still prefer the keyless entry systems because of their convenience. From vehicle tracking technology to new sensors for improved security, automotive keyless entry systems are getting more secure.