Hyundai is working on technology that may allow you to access your vehicle with nothing more than a swipe of your smartphone. The automaker's i30 Connectivity Concept boasts an embedded NFC tag that allows the user to open the doors with a quick swipe. Drop the phone in the center console, and the driver can pair with the on-board touch screen and start the car. An inductive charging plate takes care of keeping the phone alive without having to fuss with cords or adapters. What's more, Hyundai says that the system can recognize individual smartphones, which means each user can have a customized experience.

Using the company's MirrorLink, the car can automatically sync not only contacts and apps, but also navigation destinations and streaming audio. More interestingly, the system uses technology available right now, and Hyundai says the system will be available on its next-generation of vehicles starting in 2015. While we're all for sending bulky key fobs to the scrap heap, hurdles like previous owner security concerns and the hitch of what happens if your phone dies before you can make it to your car will need to be overcome. You can read the full writeup over at Wired.


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      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they need to figure out how to calculate MPG before they try something this advanced.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a compliment to your keys no problem, direct replacement for your keys, no.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        flat battery anyone....going for a jog and have to cary your Smart phone with you...no reception?.....
      gmhtv1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would never ever consider buying or owning a car that I had to own a new technology devise to operate. Call me old school, but a key is the most secure method of entering and starting a car, No key, not for me
      Yvette
      • 2 Years Ago
      What if you don't have and don't want to pay for a smartphone?
      Sean Conrad
      • 2 Years Ago
      REPLACE? Hell no. Augment? Sure.
      David H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agreed with all the posts. While it is pretty slick tech, it is a disaster waiting to happen and will most certainly never seen adoption anytime in the near future - IMO of course. As we move to reliance upon iOS and Android systems for everything, and move away from the purely "physical" realm, we are really setting ourselves up for some serious hurt if the lights go off.
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David H
        We already have keyless RFID keys, and somehow people continue to drive and the world continues to turn. this is just a small (and more secure) progression past that.
          Brandon Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ELG
          I agree, a company as smart as Hyndai knows this. A keyless entry FOB is FAR FAR easier to steal a car with than a phone with a keycode. Drop your FOB at the mall and someone can pick it up and drive around a crowded parking lot and find the car. Heck, the FOB even tells you what brand of car to look for. An iPhone with just a 4-digit security key would be harder to hack and if someone had to steal your phone and keep it on and not re-set it to steal your car, then you just made the thief completely trackable via a simple "find my phone" search online. Even further, an iPhone with bluetooth and wifi capability AND voice network connectivity has 3 far more complex broadcast channels with which to use while the typical keyless FOB operates on one or two channels. To hack ALL OF THAT so you can steal a Hyundai. Please. You're better off making an RFID receiver from radio shack parts and sitting outside of an expensive restaurant to steal someone's Ferrari that unlocks via a fancy looking RFID fob.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know Hyundai always coming up with some super new technology,then 3 months later you will find out it's a fraud.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because a phone is more secure than a key? bad idea
        Sorten Borten
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Actually, a smart phone is more secure than a key. If you lose your key, anyone can press the unlock button as they walk through the parking lot. Phones, on the other hand, can be locked with a pin / swipe pattern.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      With so many tying so much to one's smart phones these days for god's sake don't lose your phone or you won't be able to live or do anything!
      o2bncapecod
      • 2 Years Ago
      And if you don't have a smartphone or don't wish to own one? This is a crazy move and while tech is great....it's also so easily hacked and abused. Not a great idea and sometimes because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean that you should.
      Sekinu2
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is beyond bad since the NFC signal is so easily stolen. The companies pushing thise are hoping stupid people don't use their brains. Its like smartphones that have this wanting you to add your bank and credit cards to use it...only if your stupid.I supposed apple might be the biggest pusher since its consumers aren't the smartest folks breathing air lol.
      scificarolinaguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tech guys always want to complicate the driving experience with more hi-tech. While I understand and agree with the need for safety technology... tech for the sake of tech is not a good idea. I won't buy a nerd-mobile. I want a car. How will it sync with various brands of smartphones? Will you have to own a certain few brands of smartphones to buy a "smart car"? Will the car sync to a new owner's phone? Will the former owner have access to the new owner's vehicle? This raises more concerns than it addresses.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scificarolinaguy
        You can always drive a Tata Nano. That's probably the only car without any high tech stuff
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scificarolinaguy
        Well said scificarolinaguy. Just because car makers do a thing, doesn't make it good or desirable. They make their windows too small which reduces visibility. That's not good, but that's the trend. They have gone to ridiculously big wheels what weigh too much, give a poorer ride, accelerate slower, & get worse mpg. That's not good, but that's the trend. Tech like this isn't about good solutions that last. It's the software business model that makes you dependent on updates & 'upgrades' where you constantly have to buy new stuff & services. Odds are you will need to take the car into the dealership for updates with every new iphone. This move is all about making more money, not solving a problem.
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