Bring Your Smartphone; Leave the Keys at Home

In case you missed it, a couple weeks ago, Volvo announced that beginning this spring, it will begin testing a new digital alternative to physical keys. The new Volvo smartphone app will offer drivers more flexibility in the way they operate, share, and rent vehicles.

The new Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology does everything a physical key does, from opening doors to allowing the engine to be started. The app also allows for storage of multiple keys and the ability to share the key with others like family, friends, and coworkers.

“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 our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way,” said Henrik Green, Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars. “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 whoever the owner wishes.”

Real-life testing of the new technology begins this spring with Volvo's car sharing firm Sunfleet, at the Gothenburg Airport. A limited number of commercially available vehicles will be equipped with the new technology beginning in 2017.

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