Volvo has become the world’s first manufacturer to offer a car that no longer needs a key – going on sale from 2017.
The new app allows drivers to do everything a physical key can – without needing one at all.
An app allows a driver’s phone to take the role of a key, allowing them to unlock the car’s doors and start the engine.
The potential for expansion is also great. Potentially, people could book and pay for a rental car, then have the key for it appear on their phone. This would greatly reduce waiting times at rental stations, and allow users to immediately find their car and leave.
Owners of the digital key will also be able to send other people copies of it, allowing family members to drive their car should they need to.
Henrik Green, vice president of product strategy and vehicle line management, said: “At Volvo, we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs evolving and so are our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way.
“Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.”
This technology will be first used in spring of 2016, with a limited number of cars becoming commercially available in 2017.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.