Last week, we heard about Toyota’s 2013 Avalon being equipped with a Qi wireless charging system, and as cool as that was, Hyundai’s plans for its upcoming vehicles is way cooler.
Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept is scheduled to be included in its 2015 model vehicles and will give its users the power to control their vehicle with their NFC-enabled smartphone rather than the metal keys we’ve been lugging around in our pockets for years.
The concept was previewed on Hyundai’s New Generation i30 at the company’s European HQ in Frankfurt, Germany and allowed users to use their NFC-enabled smartphone to lock and unlock the car by placing their phone over an NFC-tag.
Once inside, the user can place their phone in the center console in order to activate the user’s profile, which can stream content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and other individual profile settings onto the vehicle’s seven-inch touchscreen. Oh, yea – your phone will also be charging wirelessly while its in the console.
As of now there’s no word on which Hyundai vehicles will receive the concept or how much extra it will all cost, but seeing how easily I lose my car keys, I’ll pay anything if I’m able to use my phone to control my car.
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