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Volvo's keyless car to be a reality in 2017

Volvo's keyless car to be a reality in 2017
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 23 February 2016, 16:23 PM

Taking a major step in future, Volvo has revealed its plans to introduce the virtual-key technology that shall replace the traditional car key usage. The technology may find its way into the brand’s models by 2017. The technology would be smartphone app based that would be Bluetooth enabled and would be available on Android, iOS and Windows devices. The technology would help the user to start the engine, lock/unlock the vehicle and also lock/unlock boot space.

To ensure that the technology does not attract hackers, it shall be feature encrypted key combination that would be used by the car as well as the key. The move is intended to offer more flexibility option to its customers. The technology may also be offered in car-sharing and rental schemes where a customer can download the access details online. However, cutomers may also receive physical keys with the vehicle.

Speaking more on the occasion, Henrik Green, a Volvo vice-president, said: “At Volvo, we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so are our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way. Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.”

 

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