Some 4,000 years ago keys were made out of wood, metal keys between the years 870 and 900, and then flat metal keys were introduced in the 20th century. And now in the automobile industry, keys that are physically inserted into the ignition that require some effort (twisting the key) might soon find itself an artifact. Cars today still come with keys of course but their use is minimal, acting as a sort of object to have to enter and start your car without any physical exertion. But as automobile technology continues to grow, a new type of entry system and even ignition is inevitable.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that automakers are integrating smartphones as an entry and start system for vehicles. Smartphones are so in tune with our lives—whether it’s for social uses, entertainment value, or utility—that it’s always with us, why then not let it act as a key to our vehicle? Hyundai is already planning to introduce this type of technology in 2015. Drivers will be able to unlock their vehicles with their smartphone and with an on-board touchscreen wirelessly connected to the smartphone, will be able to start the car.
What do you think of your smartphone as a key? It’s convenient for sure, but there could be some major downfalls as well.