Smartphones are taking over, if not the world, then at the very least our daily lives. There isn’t a great deal you can’t do with one these days and now they may even be able to replace your car keys. One motor manufacturer is currently working on using an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag that will let you use your smartphone to unlock your car and start your engine.
Hyundai have recently showcased this system in their i30 compact hatch (the Elantra to those of you in the States) at their European Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
Senior Vice President Allan Rushforth says :
“With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrate it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion”.
Using a combination of NFC and Mirrorlink you will be able to do much more than just unlocking and starting your car though. The Hyundai vehicles will have a 7” dash-mounted touchscreen and your smartphone will be able to connect to it to stream you favourite tunes, change radio station or pull up all your contacts. You will be able to use it in conjunction with your navigation system as well. You will also be able to set up personal preferences for each driver for electric mirror and seat settings and you smartphone will be able to automatically alter them to suit whoever is driving. And, to top it off your phone will be constantly charging, wirelessly, all the time you are driving.
Hyundai are working tirelessly to get NFC and Mirrorlink in place in many of their next generation models and hope to be up and running by 2015.