MUNICH - Siemens is enthusiastic about a new keyless Smart Card access system. Siemens engineers say it is a final good-bye to the ignition key.
The Smart Card unlocks the door, releases the engine immobilizer and starts the engine. It does all this while remaining inside the driver's wallet or purse.
When the driver pulls on the door handle, the car sends out a signal over a two meter radius. If a valid Smart Card is within that field - even if it is inside a briefcase - the door opens.
Inside the vehicle, the driver switches on the ignition by turning a knob.
This commands an internal antennae to look once more for a valid Smart Card.
When the two antennae confirm that the card is inside the car the engine immobilizer and the gearshift lock release. Another twist on the knob, with brake pedal pressed, starts the engine.
Siemens spokesman Ralph Heinrich said that the card will debut next summer as standard equipment on a luxury class vehicle.