• Sep 24th 2008 at 6:02PM
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Those wacky kids in Japan can do all kinds of things with their cell phones that those of us in the U.S. can't. Thanks to Nissan, Sharp Corporation, and NTT DOCOMO, the Japanese mobile communications company, they can now add car control to the list of possible cell phone features.

The phone uses the two-way communication of Nissan's Intelligent Key System, the same thing you use on your G37. For now, it can only lock and unlock the car and start and stop the engine, but if it takes off we imagine they'll add other options later. This is about convenience, not necessarily about sense -- if your phone gets stolen, that makes your car one more thing that the villains can abscond with.

The phone won't go on sale commercially until 2009, but will be demoed at the CEATEC exhibition in Japan later this month. You can read the full press release is after the jump, and get ready to overhear this in Japanese: "I called the wrong number and my car just drove off..."

[Source: NTT DOCOMO]


Nissan, NTT DOCOMO and Sharp Jointly Develop World's First Mobile Phone with Built-in Intelligent Key

Tokyo, Sep 24, 2008 -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Sharp Corporation announced today that they have jointly developed a mobile phone capable of functioning as an intelligent key for automobiles - a world's first*1. The device will incorporate Nissan's Intelligent Key system, already a standard feature in various Nissan vehicles.

The convergence of automotive and cellular technologies was made possible by DOCOMO's expertise in the marketability of mobile phones, Sharp's development of the phone itself and Nissan's provision of technical support to ensure the key's operability with its vehicles.

Nissan's Intelligent Key system, installed in more than 950,000 units of various Nissan models*2 since 2002, employs two-way wireless communications technology to automatically unlock/lock*3 the car door and start/stop the engine. Nissan and Sharp has now integrated these electronic intelligent-key, wireless communications and electromagnetic technologies into the new handset.

As mobile phones increasingly become a daily necessity, the integration of these technologies*4 and the potential to further expand related functionality helped to bring together the three parties, who expect users to appreciate the seamlessly integrated features of their new handset.

Nissan, DOCOMO and Sharp will demonstrate this mobile phone with built-in Intelligent Key in their respective exhibits at CEATEC Japan 2008, which begins September 30*5. The three firms will continue to develop the product with an aim for commercial distribution in early fiscal year 2009.

  • 1: As of September 2008, based on Nissan research.
  • 2: As of August 2008, Japan only.
  • 3: Manual remote entry also possible, like with conventional remote key.
  • 4: Mainly automatic keyless entry and engine ignition, lockout prevention, plus conventional manual remote entry.
  • 5: Wednesday, September 30 until Saturday, October 4 at Makuhari Messe.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company. DoCoMo serves more than 51 million customers, of which more than half subscribe to FOMA(TM), launched as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA in 2001. DoCoMo also offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode(TM), the world's most popular mobile e-mail/ Internet service, used by more than 46 million users. With the addition of credit-card and other e-wallet functions, DoCoMo mobile phones have become highly versatile tools for daily life. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hacky hacky...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reverse your thinking. If your call gets stolen you can call up and shut down the engine!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ummm a simple Password imput to activate "command mode" solves this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you wont be able to call, its a smark jey you have to be in the proximity of the car to unlock it. just like all the nissan keys, merc keys, bmw keys so on
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just embed a chip in my wrist for my keys, that way youd have to hack my arm off to steal my car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like your idea best, RFID FTW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      "For now, it can only lock and unlock the car and start and stop the engine, but if it takes off we imagine they'll add other options later."

      Reminds me of the thingy Bond (Pierce, that is) used, to remote control his BMW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the implentation

      but that phone blows

      I was going to buy one, but when I handled it, it was so damn flimsy

      sharp needs to UP their quality
        • 7 Years Ago
        the screen is the only filmsy part of that phone, probably because it is only connected to the phone through the single swivel point at the base of the screen :T i am using that exact colour right now but i am satisfied haha cant wait for more awesome phones from japan....lets hope nissan brings it over as well *wishes really hard*
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