Hyundai is utilizing capabilities of smartphones to create a new Connectivity Concept, designed to test new clever technologies to be used in their production models as soon as 2015. The first technology which seems production ready is car entry and locking via user’s smartphone.
For that, Hyundai’s system relies on NFC-tag (Near Field Communication). So basically, your smartphone will be your car keys. You place it over an NFC tag and it unlocks the doors. Inside the car you put your phone in the centre console, then it wirelessly connects with the car’s main screen – in the case of the Connectivity Concept a Hyundai i20 with a 7-inch touchscreen.
The screen mirrors your phone, which means you can access all your content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings. The system also wirelessly charges your phone.
What’s more, multiple user profiles can be synced with car. That is like having a memory button that stores all the settings and data for individual drivers. All you have to do is place your phone in the center console. Be careful, though. If you lose your phone, you also lose your car!
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.”