13 Mar 19

No more physical keys: an app will open and start your Hyundai

Following the lead of OEMs like Volvo, Audi,Mercedes and BMW, Hyundai is developing a digital key enabling users to unlock and start their vehicle with their smart phone. The new digital key can be downloaded through an app and used by up to four authorized people.

A NFC antenna (Near Field Communication) located in the handles of the driver and front passenger’s doors verifies the identity of the user. After unlocking the vehicle, the user can start the engine by putting his smartphone on the wireless charging pad in the center console, into which a second NFC antenna is embedded.

Phone-as-key technology makes car sharing a lot easier because the technology is already present in the vehicle, as explained by Polestar executive Mike Whittington at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier