I’m putting this in GQ because I think there is a factual answer, but if the mods think it should be in IMHO or somewhere else, feel free to move it.
Some of the new cars (Nissan and possibly others) are making a big deal about “push button ignition.” I’ve never actually been in one of these cars, but seeing it on TV leaves my mind with a lot of questions about how (and mostly why) this is implemented. I thought we did away with this concept in the 1940’s or 50’s when the ignition key was invented.
[li]Other than not having to carry around an ignition key, what is the advantage to this?[/li][li]Assuming the door is unlocked, can anyone just get in your car and drive off, or is there some other security safeguard in place?[/li][li]What do you do in a situation where you want to listen to the radio, but not have the engine running?[/li][li]With a keyed ignition, you can’t remove the key unless the engine is in Park. Is there any similar kind of interlock with this keyless system?[/li][/ul]
In short, I don’t see the appeal, and it seems to me a lot less safe and secure. Do any of you have a car with keyless ignition, and how/why do you like it?