No keys needed

Unlock and drive your car with your smart phone.

Misplacing your car keys will become a thing of the past with Hyundai introducing of a ‘digital key’, which allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicle via their smartphone.

The digital key can be downloaded via an app and will use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to detect an authorised digital key-enabled smart phone in close proximity to the car door. 

NFC technology is currently used for contactless payment systems such as PayWave, electronic ticketing and sharing photos and files between smart phones.

After unlocking the vehicle, the user can start the engine by placing the smartphone on the wireless charging pad in the centre console and pressing an engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.

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The digital key will also store each user’s preferences and automatically adjust settings such as mirrors, seat and steering wheel position and audio controls.

Hyundai will implement the technology in its new models, starting with the next generation Sonata, but is yet to confirm when the technology will be available in Australia.

Group Leader of Hyundai’s Electronics Development Group Ho Yoo said digital keys can support hassle-free car sharing where the owner and the driver won’t have to meet but can transfer the digital key using their smart phones.

“The Digital Key will benefit a very wide range of future Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing,” Mr Yoo said.

“We are studying other ways to harness this type of connected-car technology to greatly enhance the driving and ownership experience.”