If you ever lock yourself out of your car or home, you know how frustrating it could be. You have to call a locksmith and literally pray that he would come a bit sooner. Typically that has been the only option, until now. KeyMe, the New York-based startup is trying to get you out of this problem. It has an app for both iOS and Android that can scan the image of your key and store it in the cloud. The company just announced its plan to open over 2,000 self-serve kiosks around the country by the end of 2017.
Copy Any Key
Apart from this expansion, KeyMe is also adding new features to its kiosks. From now on, every KeyMe kiosk can copy any type of key, be it car key, key fob or transponder. You’ll also have to pay less comparing to any locksmith. Depending on the type, brass keys will cost you $2.99. You’ll have to pay $19.99 if you want to copy a non-transponder car key. Transponder key and key fob will cost you between $69.99 and$89.99.
Safe and Secure
When it comes to technology like this, security becomes a big concern. This service involves uploading a blueprint of your key to the cloud, which is one of the favorite places of hackers. This is also possible that you lose your key and someone else takes it to make a copy. However, KeyMe assures with their “closed loop” security trail customers will be safe from the hackers. They keep every detail of any transaction of keys. Also, accessing scanned keys requires fingerprint encryption.
So, if you need to make a copy of your key, you can go to any of those certain retailers with KeyMe kiosks across the US, including Albertsons, Kmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, 7-Eleven, Sears and Rite Aid. It will take them two days to ship you a new copy.