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Smartphone Application Replaces Car Key, Key Fob

Hyundai has developed a smartphone application designed to replace its car owners’ keys and key fobs. The South Korean car manufacturer has integrated the electronics typically found in a key fob into an application based on near-field communications, in which devices need only be close to each other to pass signals. A driver swipes a smartphone over an NFC tag located inside a window. Once in the car, the driver can place the phone in a console and use it to start the vehicle and automatically configure options for the driver, such as temperature settings, seat positions, and radio presets. Hyundai is demonstrating the technology in its newest i30/Elantra GT model, which may be available by 2015. (PhysOrg)(CNET)(Car and Driver)

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