Auto Manifesto

January 27, 2008

Start Button Finally Makes Sense

It started as a gimmick. Now many sports and highline vehicles feature the start button. Not only do you need a key, but then you have the extra step of pressing the start button to fire up the engine. I like cars as much as the next guy but certainly wouldn’t want to bother with this Walter Mitty accessory every time I went to the store. Did anyone stop and ask why before these systems were installed? Seems like we were all getting by fine for the last hundred years or so without them.

But now they’re starting to make sense. With advanced key systems that no longer require insertion into a keyhole, as long as the driver has the key when getting in the car, just pressing the start button will enable the engine to start. Now there’s one less step to starting the car, and it becomes a convenience rather than an obstacle.

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