We’ve come a long way since the days of two keys for a car. One unlocked the door, the other turned the engine over. The good ol’ days …
We digress. Many brands have expressed interest in turning the smartphone into a driver’s set of car keys and now Ford has filed its own patent for a solution. Ford Authority reported on the patent this Wednesday, which describes a smartphone case that turns the phone into a functional key fob.
With the case, the phone would communicate via Bluetooth or NFC (near-field communication) and the patent image shows the keyfob itself on the phone’s screen. Lock, unlock, truck and other commands are present. The best feature is probably the possibility of the case turning a smartphone into a proximity key, which would unlock the car once the driver approaches the car.
BMW has proposed a similar solution and Polestar has previously detailed its own phone-as-key technology that will be available with its car-subscription plan.
We haven’t heard much from General Motors on the matter, but it doesn’t seem unlikely that the automaker won’t pursue this route. Users can already access vehicle commands via their smartphone with brand-specific apps. Cadillac will even let drivers start their cars with an Apple Watch. Ditto for Chevrolet.
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