Vehicle: Car: Door
Talk to your car   (0)  [vote for, against]
No fumbling for keys

I just got a car with remote lock control in the key ring (tells you how old my previous car was). I don't find it a big improvement over the simple key because I still need a free hand to dig in my pockets and push the button. It would be better to have microphones near the doors and trunk lid. If I have my hands full I just whisper "Open up baby" and the door or lid pops open on its own (slowly please). When I leave and have a kid hanging at each hand I might say "Shut up, I'm leaving" and it locks everything. Of course the system has voice recognition so not every jerk can get into it. A valet key allows friends to get in who are not in the voice database. A master key enables programming of the voice database. When I'm too drunk to talk straight the system locks me out too so I cannot make a wreck.
There is already voice recognition in some of the fancier cars for GPS or radio control. It shouldn't be too hard to add something for the doors.
-- kbecker, Aug 13 2003

Keyless Go http://www.mercedes...-class/facts_e5.htm
keyless entry to Mercedes cars [suctionpad, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) The Polocator System http://www.halfbake...0Polocator_20System
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//"Your door is ajar..."//
[ack] Do you have to unscrew the lid to get out? Sounds frightfully insecure...
-- silverstormer, Aug 13 2003

You should worry when you car says "Talk dirty to me"
-- DeathNinja, Aug 13 2003

I think somebody needs a beer

or two
-- DeathNinja, Aug 13 2003

I want my car to open after I do a little dance (is that an accelerometer in your pocket?)
-- oxen crossing, Aug 13 2003

// I will never trust my testicles in your hands ever again //

If only I had a nickel for every time I heard that.
-- DeathNinja, Aug 13 2003

fumbling for words
-- pashute, Aug 14 2003

Getting back to the idea,

this is already mostly baked (without the talking bit) on the more expensive Mercedes cars, which have a chip card instead of a key [link]. I think the equipment in the car (e.g. stereo, lights etc.) can be voice-activated also.
-- suctionpad, Aug 14 2003

-- simonj, Aug 14 2003

-- DeathNinja, Aug 14 2003

Sounds like Night Rider to me
-- colaaddict, Aug 14 2003

Instead of owner Voice Recognition which could be fooled by recordings etc. this would be easier to do with a proximity card + voice commands
-- WhiteWiz, Mar 01 2004

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