Monday, June 02, 2008
At least the loaner provides a slot for the fob, which you depress to fire up the engine. A friend of mine drives a car that requires only that the fob be with you, and gives you no ignition slot to receive it. What are you supposed to do: put it in your pocket?
The fob solution strips out one of the more satisfying tactile haptics about driving a car: the feeling of sliding it in, hearing it click, and turning it to go. Sure yeah it's suggestive of something carnal and crude and entirely piston-driven. THAT'S OKAY WITH ME.
Not to mention that this design trend away from the key in favor of the fob deprives us of one of our more satisfying metaphors: because, honestly, why would I *want* to give anyone the fob to my heart?
Right. No. I wouldn't.
Posted by suttonhoo at 8:56 AM