Over the past several years, technology concerning key fobs has grown tremendously. With the introduction of things like push-button start and proximity entry, the key fob is more powerful than ever. But it’s still an extra item we have to keep in our pockets or purse. Hyundai is looking to change that by introducing a new, completely digital key. Not only will you no longer have to carry a physical key, you won’t even need the physical key fob. Instead, the Digital Key technology will act the same way, telling the vehicle when you get in proximity and allowing you to push-button start.
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“The Digital Key will benefit a very wide range of future Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing. We are studying other ways to harness this type of connected-car technology to greatly enhance the driving and ownership experience.”
– Ho Yoo, Electronics Development Group Leader, Hyundai Motor Group
What will the Digital Key do?
As we mentioned, some of the big things that your current key fob is able to do will be replicated in the new Digital Key technology. It will act the same way as your proximity key, unlocking the doors when you get within a certain distance, and enabling you to turn on the vehicle via push-button start. That’s right, you’ll be able to drive the vehicle wherever you want without having anything on your person except your enabled smartphone. But that’s not all the key will be able to do.
The technology will make it possible for your vehicle to identify which user is accessing the vehicle, adjusting certain settings automatically, thus making car-sharing an easier feat. With that, we assume that the technology will include some other things some manufacturers have enabled with their smartphone apps, such as setting the climate control, adjusting the volume, et cetera. The technology will first make its way to the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, which – surprise – will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in just a few weeks.