Don’t overlook the appeal of a well-designed car key.
Keys have come a long way since the classic turn key I used to unlock my 1997 Subaru Forester.
Some automakers have ditched the classic key altogether for high-tech fobs, while others are giving classic keys an aesthetic upgrade.
Here are some of our favorites:
Business Insider’s Aaron Brown wrote a previous version of this article.
The BMW 7-series’ key has a full-color touch screen.
It’s only suiting that a car as high-tech as the BMW 7-series would come with a key fob to match it.
It comes with four buttons to lock and unlock the car, pop open the trunk, and panic. But it also comes with a full-color 2.2-inch touch screen that lets you swipe to see information like whether all the doors are locked and your current fuel range.
You can also use the key to control the climate in the car and toggle the lights. But by far the coolest part is that you can use it to park the car remotely.
Tesla’s Model S key can be used to summon the car.
Tesla’s key fob was actually designed to look like a mini Tesla Model S
In addition to locking and unlocking the car doors, the Tesla key can be used to tell the car to pull forward and backward, all from a semi-remote distance and without anyone inside of the car.
Koenigsegg’s shield fob looks like something a superhero would carry.
When locking and unlocking the doors of a Koenigsegg, you’ll need something that can make as big of a statement as the car itself.
Koenigsegg’s metal shield key doesn’t have any hugely crazy special features, but what it can give you is the sense of authority and a firm reminder that you drive an insane Swedish supercar.
If driving one of these insane supercars doesn’t give you the thrill or feel of power you were looking for, holding this awesome shield key fob just might.