Menon, M., Kakaye, S., and Sundaram, S., "Keyless Scooter," SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-0098, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-0098.
The world today is moving more towards convenience and luxury. Auto manufacturers are being constantly challenged to provide innovative additions to conventional vehicles in terms of attractive features. This paper describes one such invention proposed to add convenience and novelty to the use of two wheelers. The proposed system is called a “Keyless Scooter”. Derived from the idea of keyless entry in four wheelers, the system aims at extending this luxury to a larger band of population in India, i.e. users of two wheeled vehicles. The system eliminates use of a mechanical lock and key arrangement. All functions carried out by the mechanical arrangement of lock and key are replaced with an equivalent electronic system.A “Keyless Scooter” is one in which a user can just approach it with a key fob on himself/herself and start the vehicle, open the luggage box, etc. without having to insert a key physically into the lock body. The vehicle is designed to communicate with the key fob wirelessly thus retaining the core requirement of a lock and key arrangement-Exclusivity.This paper describes the “Keyless Scooter” in detail, covering design considerations, vehicle interfacing and choice and arrangement of electromechanical sub-systems. Further, it goes on to explain the algorithm employed to intelligently maintain convenience without compromising on safety and security. To conclude, this document describes the prototype built on a scooter platform and also describes the failure modes associated with this design, corresponding counteractions taken for the same and future scope.