Hyundai is working to replace your car keys with an embedded Near Field Communication (NFC) tag that will allow you to unlock your car, start the engine and link up to the touchscreen with a simple swipe from your smartphone.
The idea is to lose the key fob and let your smartphone handle everything. Recently at its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Hyundai showed its i30 compact hatchback (known as the Elantra in the US) with NFC technology in what it calls the “Connectivity Concept”.
“The Connectivity Concept showcases the Hyundai’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers,” says Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe. “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.”
Hyundai is using the Car Connectivity Consortium’s MirrorLink standard to automatically import contacts, navigation destinations, streaming audio and apps to the vehicle infotainment system.
“Despite forging dozens of automaker partnerships, MirrorLink hasn’t caught on with many manufacturers yet,” writes Damon Lavrinc for the Autopia section at Wired.com. “But that’s about to change as MirrorLink begins gaining momentum.”
You can read Lavrinc’s full Wired.com article here.