Keyless not clueless
For years, forgetting where you left your car keys has been a rite of passage for drivers. It is as much a part of owning a car as getting a flat tyre or running out of petrol.
Now, in a revolutionary move, Volvo Cars aims to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys. Instead of a physical key, Volvo customers will be offered an app that transforms their smartphone into a unique digital car key.
This digital key will do everything a physical key does, such as locking and unlocking the doors and starting the engine, but it will also allow Volvo drivers to enjoy greater flexibility. For example, if a family member, friend or co-worker wanted to borrow your car, you could send the digital key to them via their smartphone instead of having to deliver it by hand.
Renting a car could also become easier: you could simply use the app to book and pay for a rental car anywhere in the world. The digital key could then be delivered directly to your phone. This new technology also means Volvo drivers could receive more than one digital key, which would let them access different cars in different locations.
So, instead of sitting idle all day, cars could be used more efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.
With the introduction of Volvo Cars’ pioneering digital key expertise, the possibilities presented by keyless technology seem endless – a bit like the search for those elusive lost keys used to be...