The smartphone has become an essential component for many consumers, so Volvo is looking to transform the device into digital keys for new vehicles starting this spring. The new Volvo app will enable users to access their vehicles without needing to reach for keys or even unlock their smartphone. The signal from the device will unlock the vehicle when the driver (or approved driver) comes within proximity.
The digital keys technology is hoped by the brand to become an innovative solution to rental vehicles. Rather than having to give keys, the app technology could enable rental companies to grant digital access for renters.
The technology would also enable vehicle owners to grant access to friends and family from anywhere in the world.