Hyundai Connectivity Concept Swaps Key for Smart Phone

Hyundai Connectivity Concept Swaps Key for Smart Phone

Hyundai is working on a range of new technologies for its cars, including being able to lock and unlock the doors using your cell phone, which the brand says may be available on its production models by 2015. 

Shown off on the Hyundai i30 previewed near the manufacturer’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, the Connectivity Concept allows the user to unlock and lock the doors by simply placing their cell phone over top an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), located on the outside of the door.

To hook up the phone to the car’s infotainment system, it must be placed inside the center console, allowing it to automatically stream music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings to the car’s touchscreen. In addition, it charges the phone wirelessly.

“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.” said Allan Rushforth, senior VP and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe.

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