I have chuntered elsewhere on this platform about the escalating use of keyless ignition and the ubiquitous START button which I really don’t like. Mainly the issue is that when I clamber aboard and I have the keys in my hand I struggle to find where to put them, as I have already sat down it is then difficult to get them in my pockets. In the centre console they have a tendency to rattle so I often ended up with the keys on the seat between my legs. This often meant that I would exit the car and leave the keys behind, sometimes in full view whereas stopping, turning and removing the key ensures that it is in my hand upon leaving. Simples!
This is the Mercedes version, but most manufacturers are using something similar. Push once to start, once to stop. As simple as a key really.
The other evening Number 2 son dutifully came to pick up his aged parents from a pub. He arrived in my car and whilst he waited patiently for me to finish my beer I mentioned, not for the first time, my dislike of stop/start buttons and why could we not use a simple key.
As we got in the car he reached down and removed the offending button with a simple click and inserted the Mercedes key in time-honoured fashion!
To misquote PG Wodehouse: Never has my flabber been so gasted! It was an epiphany.
This is how it should be! Good old Mercedes.