Good read but it cant happen

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Polis

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Jun 13, 2016
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I’m sorry, but Mr. Mercedes could not happen. We are told that a key was left “in the slot” in the car but those things don’t even have a place to put a key. I know, I have one. The MB. Keyless entry system works without you ever having to take the fob out of your pocket or purse. You walk up, touch the handle and it opens and the start button works. Walk away and it locks up again. MB takes care of you, you don’t have to do anything else. If a key had been left in the glove compartment surely the very thorough MB Techs would spot it on the frequent service sessions that come with it. I checked and the 05 S class definitely had that system. It was mentioned as a SL 550. But that only ever had 8 cyl. For 12 you have to go to a 660. MB only has letters and numbers, and its really confusing. If it was stolen, it would have to have lojack, If you have a loaded 100K car that pretty much has to be there. Why am I doing this? Well the story includes a device called “ Thing two” ( a Dr. Seuss reference) which can open any car. MB insists that there is no such thing, particularly for their S class. Can some bozo open my car? They say no.
By the way, the new robot manual seven speed dual clutch gearbox takes off like a jackrabbit.
I think I got a good car for my money.
 

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#2
From the Author's Note:

"While there is indeed such a thing as "stealing the peek" (as in PKE), it would be impossible to do so with any of the cars identified in the book, including the Mercedes-Benz SL500s made during the passive keyless entry age. SL500s, like all Benzes, are high-performance cars with high-performance security features."

Stephen was using artistic license when he wrote the description. He, too, has owned several Mercedes-Benz cars so does know about keyless entry systems and the ignition slot, or lack thereof.
 

Walter Oobleck

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Mar 6, 2013
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#19
Do those keyless things get bumped? And your vehicle starts sounding off? Happens a lot at work...busy doing something, look up, what's what? Sounds like someone's car alarm. Bump it while working then you gotta dig it out, sling your nail apron around or try to dig in your pants pocket so you can hit the button. Mercedes probably doesn't have that happen. But then, I don't imagine too many carpenters are driving around to the job site in a Mercedes. Not a new one, anyway. Sounds like a cool system. So, what, someone bumps you on the back of the head, they walk up to your car, the car says, hop in! starts up. Bad guy drives away? Or is there something more? Would it work, say the bad guy has you slung over his shoulder, you have the fob in your pocket...would the handle open for him? Or is there some sort of...I dunno, recognition software installed?
 

MadamMack

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Apr 11, 2006
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#20
From the Author's Note:

"While there is indeed such a thing as "stealing the peek" (as in PKE), it would be impossible to do so with any of the cars identified in the book, including the Mercedes-Benz SL500s made during the passive keyless entry age. SL500s, like all Benzes, are high-performance cars with high-performance security features."

Stephen was using artistic license when he wrote the description. He, too, has owned several Mercedes-Benz cars so does know about keyless entry systems and the ignition slot, or lack thereof.

Yep-yep and he knows FICTION very well . . .but I'm justa girl so what in the hell do I KNOW!

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