Hyundai to Develop a Tap-To-Unlock Car
Hyundai wants to make a car that unlocks via smartphone.
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Hyundai is looking to build a car that drivers are able to unlock just by tapping the door with their smartphones. Once inside, drivers can put the phone down on a central console, which will help the car call up individual drivers' preferred radio stations and other settings.
"As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver's seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment," Allan Rushforth, senior vice president for Hyundai Motor Europe, said in a statement.
Hyundai may start producing the technology as soon as 2015, according to the company statement.
Hyundai plans to use a couple emerging technologies in its tap-to-unlock cars. The wants to equip the central console to recharge cellphones placed upon it, without requiring drivers to plug the phones in anywhere. [SEE ALSO: Six Ways Wireless Power Can Change the World]
Hyundai also wants to use near-field communication (NFC) for the smartphone-unlocking feature. Many existing smartphones are equipped with NFC, which lets phones communicate with each other and other devices when users hold the devices near each other.