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Walkaway Locking - Convenience vs Security

Published: May 2011 | No Of Pages: 23 | Published By: SBD

Product Synopsis

Unlocking the potential of Walk Away Locking in Europe — a comprehensive analysis of market adoption, technology challenges and future outlook

Walk Away Locking (WAL) as a function of smart key systems, is currently the pinnacle of convenience for passenger cars. In an exclusive report, SBD reveal that over 75% of European customers interviewed wanted their smart key system to use WAL and approximately 20% of European smart key systems (or around 2% of all new vehicles sold) are equipped with WAL. This extensive report explains the working of WAL and includes consumer feedback and concerns. The features and functioning of WAL systems of leading European vehicle manufacturers are compared to show the different approaches.

Since WAL is a passive feature and the vehicle doors do not passively double lock, some insurers could penalise the vehicles insurance rating. This report proposes an innovative solution, that combines the WAL and existing sensors within the vehicle, for the safe implementation of passive double locking that would also satisfy insurance criteria.

1. Executive summary
1.1 Conclusions
1.2 Report overview

2. Introduction
2.1 Vehicle Locking
2.2 Vehicle Unlocking

3. System Analysis
3.1 Cadillac
3.2 Mercedes—Benz
3.3 Renault

4. Design Challenges
4.1 Double Locking
4.2 User Confidence
4.3 Battery Management


Fig. 1 Development of Locking Methods
Fig. 2 WAL Feature Comparison
Fig. 3 WAL Functionality Flowchart – Cadillac
Fig. 4 WAL Functionality Flowchart – Mercedes-Benz
Fig. 5 WAL Functionality Flowchart – Renault
Fig. 6 SBD Solution Flowchart

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