A couple of years ago, I had something happen to me while riding in an Uber that I simply do not understand to this day.
The driver picked me up, then needed to get some gas—I was like, sure, whatever, I can wait, I’m in no rush. But when they got to the gas station, they made a realization that I’ll never forget: They couldn’t restart the car because they couldn’t find their key fob.
A key fob, for those not familiar, is a digital device that people use in place of a key. You don’t have to stick it into the ignition, but that also means that it can, in many cases, keep your car operating even without a key nearby. These keyless entry tools have gained popularity in recent years, but they’re not without security issues
So this poor driver, stuck at a fuel pump, is having to dig through her cushions—front and back—and in their trunk in an effort to find this thing that’s considered necessary for the vehicle to work … but they can’t find it. At first, I was dedicated to this poor woman’s plight, and stuck with them, but when it increasingly became clear that they were going to be unable to fulfill the ride, I eventually had to switch vehicles—though I absolutely felt awful for the person and let them know that.
So, the question in my brain is this: How does something like this happen?
The YouTube channel AutoVlog
did a video on this topic a few years ago in which the creator of said video threw their key fob out of a moving vehicle: