Keyless cars are on the way, because there’s an app for that

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Locking and unlocking cars, as well as starting the engine, has been done traditionally with keys. Then some cars moved on to electronic locks and ignition. Say hello to a new dispensation in which cars begin to be operated via an app on a smartphone. The app does everything a physical or electronic key currently does, such as locking or unlocking the doors or the boot and allowing the engine to be started. Volvo Cars plans to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017.

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Volvo already has an app, On Call, that enables users find out the temperature at their car’s location, door and window lock status, climate control, remaining fuel and much more. On Call mobile app is available for iOS, Android OS and Windows Phone OS.

Volvo says that its customers will be offered an application that runs on their mobile phones to replace the physical key with a digital key. The innovative Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology, will offer Volvo customers far more flexibility, enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars. Volvo’s innovative keyless car technology will be shown for the first time at the Mobile World Congress 2016 (22-25 February) in Barcelona at the Ericsson booth.


  1. This is an idea that would likely not catch on. It makes little sense. A fad.

    Phone may hang (iPhone, anyone)?, phone, could be stolen, battery may be dead.

    Like the door lock people that want to ditch keys entirely and replace with using your smartphone to open door locks, I expect see the Swedes wake up soon to the non feasibility….

  2. There’ve been enough problems with keyless cars, namely them having been “stolen to order”.

    I can see how this will combine mugging AND stealing the car, an all-in-one approach. Even with th app I’m sure crooks can circumvent it.

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