Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

Bob Weber

Key fobs to keep supplanting keys

Key fobs to keep supplanting keys

Q: My wife has read your column for years and thinks you walk on water. She bought a new car with the keyless start. After using it, neither of us can figure why automakers wanted to push this. You still must have the fob with you, and the fob is bigger and thus more of a nuisance to carry than a key. All it appears to do is replace putting the key in and turning it with pushing a button, not exactly a prodigious saving of personal energy. We don't get it.

— M.R., Park Ridge

A: The metal key may soon join the hand crank as a method of starting the engine. Digital key fobs are not only more secure (you can't open the door with a coat hanger),...