Proximity Keys Suck and This is Why / by Damon Lavrinc

I dig Jason’s take on things, but he is way off base on this one.

The most antiquated thing in your pocket is a milled piece of metal designed to mechanically disengage a series of tumblers. In a world of constant connectivity and pocketable supercomputers, how ridiculously archaic.

Keys suck and they need to be excised from our jeans. Now.

Jason nails the problems with smart keys (albeit exaggeratedly so), but he fails to recognize that they’re a janky stopgap. Your key will be your phone, whether it connects to your car over Bluetooth, NFC, wifi or whatever proximity-based technology is deemed convenient, universal and secure.

I can’t wait to ditch those clanking pieces of metal as soon as a legitimate replacement arrives. And until then, I’ll happily try every alternative available.