Volvo to replace physical keys for cars by app

Feb

21

2016

The Swedish carmaker Volvo will supply 2017 cars without physical key. The car owner can unlock and start the car through an application on their own smartphone. The key uses Bluetooth for communication.

According to the company, the app replaces all the features that also has a physical key. It is also possible to use multiple keys via the app, though it must be for it does have several Volvos.

In addition to features such as opening the vehicle, the user can also locate the vehicle via GPS or book a rental car. In this case the key of the respective car can be temporarily attached to the smartphone of the tenant.

Not just a landlord can share a key, but owners can also key with others. If someone does not have to be physically close to the owner to use the car anyway if there is consent.

Volvo is not the first to use apps in combination with the car. There is a remote control app from BMW to open cars or locate. But also brands like Range Rover use apps to remotely control the car. Tesla also be followed via a smartphone app.

Volvo shows the technology soon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It claims to be the first car manufacturer that the key to fully career hangs in favor of an app, though it may be made a physical key for those who wish.

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