Hyundai shows off NFC car key concept

The car maker’s Connectivity Concept enables an NFC phone to be used to lock and unlock a vehicle and also sync data, content and preferences stored on the driver’s mobile phone with the car’s infotainment system.

Hyundai Connectivity Concept
CONCEPT: Hyundai’s test car can be locked and unlocked via an NFC tag

Hyundai has developed an NFC-based car key solution that it expects to bring to market in 2015.

The new Connectivity Concept has been built into a demonstration i30 hatchback car, allowing the user to lock and unlock the vehicle via an NFC tag. Once inside the car, the driver then places their NFC phone in the centre console, enabling the phone to be linked to the i30’s central 7-inch touchscreen. All the content stored on the phone, including music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings, are then accessible from the car’s main screen. The phone’s battery is also charged wirelessly at the same time.

The solution enables multiple users to be synced with a vehicle, says Hyundai, “as the Connectivity Concept in the i30 tailors in-car settings according to each driver’s smartphone.

“Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers,” says Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor Europe. “With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrate 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.”

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