Start your car with NFC in your phone? Not until 2015

Start your car with NFC in your phone? Not until 2015
There are a ton of uses for NFC that we haven't seen yet, because the industry is so laser focused on getting mobile payments off the ground, but if you've ever dreamed of being able to use your smartphone to unlock or start your car with just a tap, that is coming. But, not until around 2015.

We've already got cars like the Toyota Prius that doesn't need to have a key physically inserted into the car, it just uses RFID to know when the key is inside the car, and allows the car to start only then. But, the tap-and-go option of NFC could be a nice way to make it work as well. The new Hyundai Connectivity Concept wants to give you that option. The trouble is that the Hyundai isn't planned for production until 2015. The concept car would also include an inductive charging pad like the Toyota Avalon that we saw recently. 

This would make for a more convenient option than the current smartphone apps that require Internet connectivity to transmit through and get a satellite relay to then open your car or start it up. Although, the app option does have the added benefit that a friend or family member would be able to unlock your car for you remotely if you lose your phone or key. 

source: Left Lane via pocketnow



1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

This is actually an idea floated around back with WiFi then Bluetooth... I would like to see this, wireless charging, plus NFC vehicle access, AND go the extra step in those states/country's where they dont allow txt/handset calls while driving and add an emergency tone to blair through the speakers when the phone is removed from the docking area... I might add disable the vehicle after a set amount of time if its removed, but that could lead to more harm then good these days (I have passed my phone to others when their own was dead or they didnt have one)... Bluetooth would be better for care disabling since its range is enough to be within the entierty of the vehicle...

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Driver may have more than one phone or driver may use passenger's phone so there is no way how to control that.

3. osorto40

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Each device has its own address so no conflict there.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You don't understand what I'm saying.

5. mahmoodh

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

well when the drivers have more than one phone, they will use one like what u stated and other for texting and calling. thts what is assume 'PhoneArenaUser' was trying to say.

6. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

This is true yes, but when it comes to those situations, they are the "minority"... A feature like this would catch the majority of people, if you havent been alive long enough, they dont care about the special cases, heck, almost no-one cares about special cases (except apple, they want you in jail for jailbreaking)!

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well Apple would want every car controlled from Copper-Tin-O control center.

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So to steal such a car all that one would need to do is steal the phone ...?

9. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What about wireless charge once my phone is detected in the car?

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