South Korean car maker Hyundai has been making rapid strides in terms of the technology that its cars offer. Right from the common rail turbo diesel engines to direct injection turbo petrol motors, Hyundai has been a quick mover in terms of equipping its car range with the latest in automotive technology, leaving its Japanese rivals like Honda and Toyota behind. We live in an increasingly connected world with our smartphones soon becoming the center of our daily lives. Come 2015, Hyundai plans to leverage the power of Near Field Communication technology that many smartphones now feature.
In a nutshell, Hyundai plans to replace your conventional car key with a smartphone. Come 2015, NFC equipped mobile phones will now act as a key to lock and unlock high end Hyundai cars. Currently, Hyundai does offer keyless entry on many of its high end cars. Many cars in Hyundai’s current range uses key fobs with embedded RFID chips. These RFID chips allow the Hyundai cars to be unlocked when the key fob comes in proximity to the car. Placing this key fob in a specific holder inside the car allows the car to be started with the push button. This key less entry feature is now offered on a range of cars across brands.
This method means that the driver of the car doesn’t need to use the key to unlock the car or the steering, or even twist the key to start the car. Coming to NFC technology, this technology also uses a technology similar to that of RFID . However, NFC technology is more advanced than RFID technology given that it allows two way communication of data while RFID technology makes do with one way data communication. So, NFC technology can be used for more complex tasks. NFC technology uses stickers that will be stuck onto smartphones.
The NFC sticker on your smartphone will communicate with the NFC chip embedded in the handle of the car or some place nearby. So, you’ll need to tap your NFC equipped smartphone on the handle of your car to lock or unlock it. With Hyundai jumping onto the NFC bandwagon, expect more car makers to do the same in the coming years. In due course of time, NFC equipped smartphones could make the car key redundant. For now though, this technology is yet to make its presence felt in mass market cars. Watch this space.