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One of Delphi's major reveals during CES this week is surely to get the iPhone fanbois frothing at the mouth – even if it's just a concept. The software allows users to monitor and control several aspects of a vehicle's system, everything from unlocking doors to starting the car and getting the temperature just right.

The connection is made from the phone to a Bluetooth-enabled key-fob that then connects to the car. According to Delphi, that gives geeks the opportunity to connect to their vehicle from a mile away.

Beyond the aforementioned features, the system can start or stop the car, roll down the windows, check tire pressure, monitor oil and brake fluid life, as well as detecting if the car has been broken into. If and when the system is ready for primetime, Delphi expects it to be available for a number of smart phones.

Thanks for the tip Corinne!

[Source: PCMag]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like this idea. It would be really convenient if you could use your phone which is something you already carry. This reminds me of James Bond technology.
        • 7 Years Ago
        more secure than keys, the criminal has to at least have a basic understanding of the iPhone UI
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this just a remote control type of thing or it comes with an alarm?
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can count me as one of those "fanbois frothing at the mouth"...This concept opens a whole new world of possibilities for phone and auto interfaces.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is actually a very good idea. A small authenticated bluetooth keyfob in your pocket, that both acts as your keyless entry and keyless start in your car...

      AND it also uses that bluetooth keyfob as a security authentication with your iPhone for remote start functions through a cell-frequency receiver/amplified antenna on an encrypted connection between your iPhone's cell transceiver and your car's CAN bus, controlling your car's engine and chassis functions with a duplex connection.

      And then the car's cell antenna works as an amplified external antenna while in your car, and your iPhone is docked and working with your stereo system in hands-free speakerphone mode.

      the iPhone wouldn't have access to other cars, and wouln't have access to your own car without the authentication connection with your keyless fob, or if it gets stolen.

      nice idea, very cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is not just cool, it is wonderful I look fower to having it
      in the Range ROVER LRX CONCEPT. I will buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the good news is I have an iphone. That bad news is my car happens to be 40 years old.... so i guess all these "power locks" and "temperature control" are going on deaf ears so to speak when pressed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Easy for theives to snap up cars of those people who keep forgetting their phones everyplace they go.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like that. Make my phone my key. One less thing to carry.

      Can I use it to get in the front door of my house, too?
      • 7 Years Ago
      In this case the SmartPhone is just a fancy interface for the keyfob so no worries about it working with anything you're driving today.

      Since I have to have the keyfob for it to work I'm not sure why I'd want to jack with my phone instead of just pushing a button but it's somewhat interesting anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The article lists the range as being up to a mile.

        It sounds to me like the key fob connects to your phone, with bluetooth (key in your pocket/purse/bag/whatever, phone in your hand, no wire connection needed)

        THEN, with the keyfob's security authentication, it connects to your car with the phone's GSM transceiver directly to the car (not via cell towers), which has a much larger range than bluetooth would have. Then the interface on the phone can control car functions, and not just locks and remote start.

        A wireless keyfob with that kind of radio range, security, and functionality that this concept has would be huge, and additional to the cell phone you are already carrying.

        A bluetooth keyfob with an authentication key that your car recognizes inside your car via bluetooth, and outside your car via an iPhone app middleman, the keyfob itself could be VERY small, even if it still had keyless entry buttons on it, for when you aren't using your iphone.

        BTW, for AMcA, it wouldn't surprise me if Schlage, Yale, or some other home security manufacturer if they included a bluetooth receiver to unlock your door knob or dead-bolt when a certain pre-authenticated bluetooth device, like a cell phone or keyfob comes into a certain range...

        This is some of the sort of stuff that Bluetooth was designed for. short range radio connections, and device control. short range wireless USB-like data transfer is only part of Bluetooth's potential.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it would be useful. Imagine leaving work in the middle of winter, starting your car from your phone while in your office/cube and the few minutes it takes to get to your car, the motor would have warmed enough to warm the inside of your car. Some cars have a limited feature that is on a fixed schedule and not on demand.

        Or, imagine having to park in a city, walking 3 blocks to your destination, forgetting where you parked your car, and calling your car to tell you where it is. Then bringing a map up on your iPhone. I've known plenty of people who've wasted an hour or so just searching for their car.

        Or just imagine, the same 3 block walk, but this time a flash storm appears, which was not predictable. This happens all the time in Florida. Now, you can phone your car to roll up the windows instead of being cracked open.

        I'm sure that's enough examples to get the old noggin rolling.

        • 7 Years Ago
        T.Y., unless I'm reading it wrong, the system uses bluetooth, which has a range of 25 feet. Unless your office is IN your car, you probably won't be starting your car or doing much else with this system.
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