Car keys may soon be a thing of the past. Hyundai is testing out a concept in which it allows users to access their car using NFC-enabled smartphones. The tap-and-go interaction can also trigger individual user preferences and initiate streaming between the phone and car.

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photo: Hyundai

As we’ve pointed out, NFC isn’t just about payments and Hyundai is showing how it might be used to replace your next set of car keys. The auto maker is testing a new prototype of its Connectivity Concept, which allows users to access their car and interact with it using NFC-enabled smartphones.

The technology, which won’t actually go into production until 2015, allows a user to unlock and lock their car by tapping their phone on an NFC tag on the car door. That would mimic some of the basic building access tests we’re seeing using NFC smartphones. And it also replicates some of the mobile applications that allow for remote entry via a smartphone.

But Hyundai wants to go further. Once a user gets in the car, they place their smartphone in a center console, activating their specific user profile. The car then remembers the user’s specific settings such as radio station preferences and seating positions.

hyundai, NFCUsers can stream their own music and phone contacts to the car’s 7-inch touch screen display, which can also interact with a phone’s navigation, multimedia and applications. It’s not clear if the streaming is via Bluetooth. The center console can also wirelessly charge the phone, something Toyota is integrating into its 2013 Avalon Limited. 

Hyundai said it will be relying on a partnership with Broadcom to power its upcoming connected cars. This will be part of a larger package of connected services from Hyundai such as infotainment, telematics, reverse parking cameras and lane departure warnings.

I do wonder how much added security will be layered on because I wouldn’t want someone to be able to get into my car and drive off with my phone. Users will likely need to enter in a PIN, I imagine, to gain access to or start the car. But this shows again how NFC can be provide value in various settings because it makes tap-and-go interactions intelligent and can simplify the process of connecting and streaming information.

  1. Great! Now when I misplace my phone I’ll have a ready excuse for missing work: “sorry boss, I lost my phone and can’t get into my car!”

    1. After reading your post, I could not help but laugh. It was a good starting in the morning. Thanks.

  2. …Or you just tie the settings to the keyfob like other automakers automatically do..No reason to have to put your phone in the center console for the car to remember your mirrors or radio stations..

  3. judith yoke guat lim Friday, December 28, 2012

    Good idea.But what if a hacker hacks your handphone and obtain your car-key‘s pin nos and runs off with your car?

  4. I do not think this a good idea at all. Should not be DONE!!!!
    Bob Norton Dallas, TX

  5. Great idea, now I won’t charge my phone tonight and then I can’t go to work!!!! Or late at least…. Can’t wait for this, so many new excuses will be available for my boss!

  6. Md. Ramijur Rahman Khan Saturday, December 29, 2012

    Idea is good.. But what is/are the problems for which this idea is taking place to solve those? As we know, an idea comes from a problem, to solve/fix it. I really like to know a bit more on it.

  7. I have seen this in concepto before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrzeiUvDZog

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  9. see minute 1:10

  10. Reblogged this on Simon Hamer and commented:
    Humorous and extreme summation from me ……
    How long before your smart phone drives your car ?


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