GM’s smart Key Fob turns your vehicle into a Tamagotchi pet

Gm_key_fobI might consider this a "solution in search of a problem", but I know your comments will set me straight if you disagree. GM will be offering a $150 smart Key Fob with various SUVs next year; on the surface it sounds interesting, but I’m questioning the need. With the fob, you can check your vehicle’s fuel level, tire pressure, odometer reading; heck you can even change the radio station. Again, on the surface it sounds interesting.

Then I start thinking of usage scenarios for the fob. Right off the bat, drivers will likely keep the fob with their keys and in most cases, those keys will be in the vehicle. If I need check the status of anything, it’s all right there in the vehicle except for the tire pressure: that’s when I get a pressure gauge out of the glovebox and send the kids out to the four corners of the car. What…it’s not like I don’t taxi them around for free, you know!

Yes, there are a few instances where I might want to check how much gas is in the car when it’s cold outside. Other than that, or magically changing the radio station on unsuspecting passengers from inside my house, I’m not sure $150 justifies the "smart" key fob. What do you think: smart or not?

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