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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.
This report will help you:
- Refine your European WAL strategy and increase market share by >gaining
insights into consumer expectations and feedback
- Develop a winning product by comparing the features and functions of the
WALs of Cadillac, Mercedes and Renault
- Be prepared for and satisfy insurance criteria by understanding why
passive double locking is a hurdle in WAL
- Identify and implement an intelligent WAL that uses existing
infrastructure for maximum security, safety and convenience
This report answers the following key questions:
- Is WAL a desirable feature and is it inherently insecure because of rules
that prevent passive double locking?
- Which leading vehicle manufacturers offer WAL and how have they
- What other considerations are there in developing a WAL?
- What are the solutions to security and usability issues of WAL?
About the Report Author
David Green - Vehicle Security Technical Specialist.
David graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Mechanical
Engineering. He has worked on many projects focused on vehicle security and
cost of ownership, and is currently responsible for managing the UK insurance
group rating process for one of SBD's major clients. He is also responsible
for monitoring all the latest news developments in vehicle security and
insurance requirements across the globe. David specialises in Smart Key
technology and has authored several SBD studies on the subject.
The SBD Commitment
From technical trends reports to conducting end user surveys, SBD has over 15
years of experience of providing strategic advice, insight and expertise to
the automotive and associated industries globally.
At SBD, we help vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers bridge that gap
between system design and actual market needs. Our diverse team of experts
understand global market and technical requirements and how to plan
cost-effective systems for the future that customers value and are willing to
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
- 1.1. Conclusions
- 1.2. Report overview
- 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
LIST OF FIGURES
- 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
Smart Key Development: Walk Away Locking - Convenience Versus Security published by SBD in April 11, 2011. This report price starts from US $ 2500.