Hyundai Looking To Replace Car Keys With Smartphone

By Khurram Aziz email: k.aziz@mobilenapps.com | Dec 30, 2012 09:30 PM EST

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In the future, you'll be able to start your car with your smartphone. A new Connectivity Concept from South Korean automaker Hyundai shows an innovative new use for smartphones to unlock and operate its vehicles based on NFC technology.

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What's more, the technology, previewed near the manufacturer's European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, could be put into production as early as 2015.

Hyundai outfitted its i30 compact hatchback, called the Elantra in the U.S., with NFC tags which respond to NFC-enabled smartphones, negating the need for a traditional key fob.

"Once inside, the device is placed in the center console, which then activates the user's profile by streaming content to the i30's seven-inch touchscreen," said Hyundai. "All user content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings are displayed. In addition the device's battery is recharged wirelessly while in use."

What's more impressive is that multiple users can use their own smartphones to set up profiles to use with a single car, allowing you to automatically adjust your seat position and mirrors to individual tastes.

"Hyundai's Connectivity Concept showcases the brand's philosophy of making tomorrow's technology accessible to a wide range of customers," said Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe. "With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver's seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment."

The company is forging ahead with its Connectivity Concept and partnering with chipmaker Broadcom to make the NFC-equipped cars a reality.

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