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31 Oct, 2022 07:20

World’s biggest carmaker abandons 'smart' keys

Toyota forced to go back to basics, due to semiconductor shortage
World’s biggest carmaker abandons 'smart' keys

Toyota customers in Japan will receive a mechanical key instead of a “smart” version when they purchase new vehicles, Reuters reported on Thursday.

One of the two electronic devices will be replaced with a basic alternative the agency explained, quoting the carmaker’s statement.

“As the shortage of semiconductors continues, this is a provisional measure aimed at delivering cars to customers as quickly as possible,” Toyota said. A second smart key will be handed over “as soon as it is ready,” the statement adds.

The global chip shortage that started during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe supply issues and delays with the automotive and other industries.

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