Kiosks Revolutionize Costly Car Dealer Services by Enabling Customers to Copy Automotive Fobs and Save ‘Digital Copies’ of Keys in the Cloud
KeyMe, the rapidly growing company that is revolutionizing the locksmith industry, today announced that its industry-leading key copying kiosks now allow the consumer to copy car key “fobs” right at the kiosk and have the extra fob shipped directly to their home.
With hundreds of auto makes and models supported, KeyMe is offering key fobs for only $69.99, a fraction of the cost charged by car dealerships.
It is easy to get an extra fob at a local KeyMe kiosk. Customers simply visit any of the hundreds of KeyMe kiosks inside retailers nationwide, select the “fob” option on the screen and enter their car’s make, model and year.
The customer places their current fob against the key slot, allowing the secure transfer of the transponder ID.
KeyMe will code a new transponder, cut a new blade and ship it to the customer via complimentary priority mail with a tracking code.
KeyMe is also currently testing support for “proximity-based” Fob keys used in many higher-end 2014 – 2016 models.
“Consumers have historically been forced to go to a dealer to replace lost or duplicate car key fobs and often pay hundreds of dollars. This technology enables KeyMe to scan car keys at the kiosk, read the transponder, and ship a fully programmed copy with a tracking code for typically 50-70% less than a dealership,” said Greg Marsh, founder and CEO of KeyMe.
KeyMe recently announced a new $15M Series C round of funding led by QuestMark Partners. This follows a $20M Series B round of funding in December 2015, bringing total funding to $45M. All previous investors participated in an oversubscribed round, including Comcast Ventures, Battery Ventures, White Star Capital, 7-Eleven, Ravin Gandhi, and the Polsky Family Office, among others.
The company is rapidly expanding and plans to add more than 3,000 next-generation kiosks by the end of 2017 in leading retailers, including: 7-Eleven, Albertsons, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mall of America, Rite Aid, Safeway and Sears.
KeyMe enables customers to save digital copies of their keys in the cloud. When a customer orders a key fob with KeyMe, their transponder and blade info are saved to their account so, if they lose their new fob, KeyMe can send them a new one.
Customers can also save any house key to the cloud, then recover a copy simply and securely using their fingerprint at any of the kiosks if they ever lose their keys or get locked out.
Using KeyMe’s free iOS and Android apps, keys can be ordered and stored in the cloud, then accessed and printed at a kiosk in the event of a lockout, saving hundreds of dollars that would ordinarily be spent on an emergency locksmith visit.
In addition to convenience, KeyMe offers unprecedented accuracy to the key duplication process.
Traditional key duplication services have 15-20 percent error rates as a result of their “tracing” methodology. KeyMe’s advanced robotics and artificial intelligence technology produces key copies that are more accurate than the originals.
KeyMe has introduced unprecedented security and control into key duplication and lockouts, services historically fraught with scams and unscrupulous emergency locksmiths.
KeyMe provides accountability across the entire customer experience.
For every key made, there exists a detailed transaction history, financial paper trail, and fingerprint encryption at login.
KeyMe provides a “closed loop” security trail with its technology.
A full list of kiosk locations can be seen at www.key.me/kiosks