How About Replacing Car Keys With an App?
Volvo have been pretty good with tech recently: their 26 Concept, although lacking a car to go in, is really quite something. Now, they plan on being the first manufacturer to offer cars without keys.
Starting in 2017, customers will be offered a Bluetooth-dependent smartphone app that will function as a copy of their car keys and fob – and will be able to open their car’s doors, boot, security system, and even start the engine without the physical key being anywhere in the vicinity.
By far the most useful feature? The ability to share virtual keys with other users of the app: so if a friend or family member wants to borrow your car, you can simply send them a virtual key and their smartphone will then be able to access and operate the vehicle. You will also be able to access multiple Volvos at once, which will be handy if you have a couple of Volvos on your drive or access to a fleet.
“At Volvo we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so are our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way. Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.” – Henrik Green, Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars
The flipside of this is if someone has access to your phone that isn’t properly secured, that means they can also get in your car. And, of course, what if your phone runs out of power?
Physical keys will continue for those who want them.
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