If you have a car with push-button ignition, there’s a new gadget coming along that should have you feeling quite excited: KETO allows you to unlock your car with your smartphone, making it easier than ever to jump in and start rolling.
The main thing that makes KETO interesting is that it promises to actually replace your car key, not just work along with it. That means you actually have one less thing to carry with you. The device uses Bluetooth Low Energy to authenticate your device with your car. To add another layer of security, it also uses inaudible soundwave technology to make sure that only the correct device is in the car.
Like a smart key, the car will only start when it detects your phone in it, which is quite cool. But you can also use the app to allow others to drive your car. This can all be done remotely, so you can simply grant access to a friend or family member from wherever you are. You can set a certain time limit or manually shut off access when the other person is done with your car.
The biggest concern I had when I first heard about KETO was installation—if you need to take your car to a mechanic to get it up and running, then it’s probably not worth it. Thankfully, the team behind the device promise easy DIY installation that anyone can do. You just need to place to key module from your smart key in the device, attach that to the main module, and place that in your car. From there, you set the app up for full control.
An important thing to remember is that you do need to have a car with a smart key and push-button ignition in order for KETO to do its thing. If your car uses a traditional key (one where you need to put a physical key in the ignition), then KETO won’t work with your car.
KETO Price and Availability
ONEKEY, the company behind KETO, is seeking funding for its exciting new device on Kickstarter. The project just launched and has already exceeded its goal. If you’re interested in preordering a KETO device for yourself, you’ll need to pledge $119. The team plans to deliver the devices to backers in December 2019.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, there are risks involved and backing this project, and there’s no guarantee that the devices will be delivered on time (or at all, in rare cases).