Hyundai aims to use smartphones instead of car keys

December 31, 2012 12:00 AM

Tired of misplacing your keys? Better grab onto your smartphone, then, as it could be the next device capable of unlocking your car.

Hyundai is currently working on new technology and auto repair that could have drivers unlocking car doors and turning on the vehicle. According to AutoBlog, car owners could swipe their phones to access the vehicle and then insert the device into the center console, where it would work with an on-board touch screen to start the car and change to the driver's preferences.

"Hyundai's Connectivity Concept showcases the brand's philosophy of making tomorrow's technology accessible to a wide range of customers," Allan Rushforth, Hyundai's chief operating officer, told Slash Gear. "With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion."

The smartphone would also allow the driver to carry his or her content, like music, contacts and other preferences, from car to car, Business Insider reports. It could even recognize how drivers like their seat and mirrors to be adjusted and could change those settings as soon as a user attaches his or her phone to a console, making it ideal for cars that may be driven by multiple people. 

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