Hyundai wants you to unlock your car using your NFC enabled smartphone
Admit it, every second day you end up getting frustrated because you can’t find your car keys! Well, maybe folks over at Hyundai had the same problem so they decided to get rid of the keys altogether! Engineers at Hyundai have now developed a new technology which enables you to unlock your car via your smartphone, using Near Field Communication (NFC).
This technology was demoed by the South Korean car maker recently, wherein the vehicle can be locked or unlocked by just waving the smartphone over an NFC enabled tag located on the vehicle. What’s more? You don’t need to wait too long for this technology to come in your hands as Hyundai says that it will be available to the buyers in the next two years.
Other than Keyless entry, Hyundai also plans to make the in-car entertainment more personalized for it’s customers by placing a pad in the center console of the car, on which the users can place their phone and charge it wirelessly while the content of the phone is synced and displayed on the in-car entertainment system.
To give it’s customers an even more personalized experience, Hyundai is also working to use this technology for saving seat alignment preferences, temperature preferences and some other personal settings, which will be customized for every individual, who unlocks the car through their phone. That means, if you and your dad drive the same car, all you need to do is just swipe your phone near the tag, and the in-car settings will get customized as per your preference.
While demoing the technology, Hyundai Motor’s European chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth said, [quote] The Connectivity Concept showcases Hyundai’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers.
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.” [/quote] [Source: Times of India]
While this technology surely is a great step forward, but it does raises some serious concerns at the same time. What if you end up losing your cellphone ? And specially in countries like India, where the risk of your smartphone getting stolen is quite high, it would put your car at a serious risk as well. So, before this technology is implemented, it is quite important for us to beef up our security measures as well.