Volvo Cars has plans to become the first automotive
manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017. Volvo will make this feature
available to its customers through a digital key which can be accessed from an
app in their mobile phones. This new technology will be Bluetooth enabled
providing customers more flexibility.
The new app from
Volvo will enable its customers to perform every function which a physical key
is capable of. The digital key will be able to lock or unlock the doors and the
boot as well as starting the engine. The app further enables the customers to access
more than digital key, thus a customer can have access to various Volvo cars at
different locations. Thus the application platform can also be availed by
customers looking to rent out Volvo vehicles across the globe where they can
book and pay for a rental car and have the key digital key delivered to their
Henrik Green, Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle
Line Management at Volvo Cars, said, “At Volvo we are not interested in
technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our
customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so
are the customer’s expectations to access cars in an uncomplicated way. Our
innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a
Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the
entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whomever the owner
The test pilot for this project will be run at the
Gothenburg airport, Sweden in the spring season of 2016 via its car sharing
firm Sunfleet. A limited number of commercially available cars will be equipped
with the new digital key technology in 2017.
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