Toyota abandons ‘smart’ keys

The “smart” key system is being discontinued by the world’s largest automaker. Because there were not enough semiconductors, Toyota had to go back to the basics.

According to a report that was published on Thursday by Reuters, customers who buy new Toyota vehicles in Japan would not receive a “smart” version of the key but rather a mechanical one.

The agency’s explanation, which includes a quote from the manufacturer, says that one of the two electrical devices will be replaced with a more basic one.

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According to Toyota’s official statement, “while the shortage of chips continues, this is a provisional step aimed at delivering cars to customers as rapidly as feasible.” The message goes on to say that the recipient will be given a second smart key “as soon as it is ready.”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a worldwide shortage of chips. This has caused major supply problems and delays in many industries, including the auto industry.


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