Poorly designed convenience technology strikes again: risk $50,000 to save 5 seconds with keyless car starters

A good follow up to Thursday Thoughts: more reasons not to fully trust technology with your life and Another Tesla Autopilot fatality: man selflessly gives up his life to train AI, the popularity of trivial, high-priced conveniences continues to plague modern society.

People are extending their poor spending choices past the impractical thousand dollar Apple iPhone upgrades, “smart” thermostats and FitBit watches, into the car market.

We’ve already seen laziness result in death in the case of Tesla’s self-driving cars, but now keyless car entry, a feature found in many new car models, is the next impracticality touted as “technological advancement”.

Risk your car getting stolen (quite easily) in order to save a few seconds inserting a key in the ignition!

After years of decline, car theft is on the rise again in parts of the UK where keyless car technology has gained popularity.  If you simply take a look at the diagram and video in the article, you’ll wonder how anyone, buyer or manufacturer, who has even thought about it for a second decided to trust such a poor design. With all the security issues we know with basic encryption over the Internet and RFID chips in credit cards, a fob for a car may just be one of the worst “innovations” when measured from a value-versus-practicality standpoint.

The growing herd of zealots buying frivolous and ultimately unhelpful technology is another sign of the “keeping up with the Joneses'” mentality that plagues modern society. The top model cars have it, so without hesitation, that added 5 second convenience is worth the risk to such zealots as long as that convenient high-tech futuristic lifestyle is attained.

These small dopamine hits used to market frivolous modern technology often come with a lifetime of pain, as we are seeing with useless frills like social media.

I think drivers that cling on to their car from the 80’s and 90’s are on to something. They want a car they know will reliably get them from point A to point B, and doesn’t get reliably stolen or an electronic malfunction, aesthetics and superficial status be damned.

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