Hyundai, the world’s 5th-largest automaker, is constantly striving to innovate in its industry. Today, Korean society presents its latest technological feat.. This is a “digital key”. This key will allow owners to unlock and start their car from their smartphone. This device aims to replace the traditional key.
For security measures, up to 4 people will be able to download the digital key. The application is based on NFC technology. 2 antennas are placed in the vehicle, one on the driver’s handle, the other on the front passenger right. Once the driver has entered the cockpit, he can start his vehicle by simply positioning his smartphone on the dashboard’s wireless charger and then pressing the start button.
In addition to convenience, this key allows the driver to record preferences such as the position of mirrors, seat, steering wheel, etc. It’s a real time saver, and very important for security. In addition this key also has Bluetooth. This allows him to remotely control some features such as locking and unlocking the vehicle, but also the activation of the alarm, or start the engine.
An innovation for everyone
Once again, the owner is master of his choices, and can put or remove the functionality he wants from these shortcuts. But the real benefit of this digital key will be felt as soon as car sharing is more developed. Therefore, during a rental, no need to meet to exchange the keys, it will simply be sufficient to allow the tenant to download the key to use the vehicle.
Obviously, if Hyundai is ahead of the current society, this is not the case for all companies. Some cases will not be compatible with the use of this key. For example, when your vehicle needs to be overhauled by a garage, it is impossible to give your digital keys to the establishment, so you will have to go back to something more traditional. Hyundai plans to deliver a key card with its vehicles for cases like this.
The Korean automaker is expected to put into circulation the first vehicles of which this system is included, by the end of the year. In its statement, Hyundai insists that this innovation will not only address high-end models, the goal of the brand is to make its technology accessible to everyone.
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