Volvo show off car that unlocks with an app
It'll be launching next year, and showing everyone the ins-and-outs of it at the Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona, next week.
The car in question, initially at least, will be Volvo's S90 estate car, and that'll link to an app on your mobile, where you'll be able to unlock doors, open the boot, and even start the engine. You can also grant access to your pals, if they're borrowing your car.
Martin Rosenqvist, Volvo's director of new cars, said that this technology is part of "big changes" that they've got planned: "Using this technology, I could lend you a car key digitally even though I’m a thousand miles away, as long as you have the app and verify who you are."
"We're still safety-conscious at heart - we're not making technology for the sake of it, but to make our customers' lives less complicated."
He did note that mobile battery life might be a problem: "Battery life on phones is getting better and better – already people are storing boarding passes on their phone, for example. Drivers will make sure their phone is charged if they know it is also their car key."
Smart technology is something of a buzzword in the car industry at the minute, with a number of manufacturers trying to make everything connected inside vehicles. Of course, people who are wary of smartphones or don't want one, will be irritated by this news. There'll also be issues with personal privacy, as potentially, your car will track everywhere it has been - if you've got a phone in your pocket, that's happening anyway, but this tech will bring the discussion to the fore again.
Anyway - cars and smartphones. They're growing ever closer.