Hyundai will soon introduce the Digital Key via an app which allows owners to unlock and start their vehicles. The feature can accommodate up to four users and will be implemented in new Hyundai/Kia vehicles by the end of the year.
The feature utilises the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to detect the presence of an “authorised Digital Key” when in close proximity to the vehicle.
The NFC receiver is located on the door handles of the driver and front passenger door, with another placed within the wireless charging pad to start the engine.
To start the car, users simply have to place their smartphone on the wireless charging pad and process to press the Start/Stop button.
Not only that, the user’s preferred presets such as the mirror positions, seats and steering wheel as well as audio/video and head-up displays can be adjusted automatically when the Digital Key is recognised.
With Bluetooth, users can also activate the alarm and start the engine remotely. Hyundai also claims that once the autonomous parking features come into play, they too can be remotely-controlled.