Hyundai NFC Car - Jan. 4, 2013
Hyundai and Broadcom have partnered in the past to integrate the use of smartphones within vehicles. This time around, the two companies plan to replace car keys. Like a remote car starter, the smartphone will be used to start your car and more. Remote car starters, at least for Hyundai cars will also become obsolete since it is currently developing Near Field Communication (NFC) integration into their future cars using NFC enabled smartphones and expected to be ready in 2015. The Hyundai Connectivity Concept Car i30 features a NFC tag on the side of the door enabling you to lock and unlock the door. Just by swiping, you can get in your car, start the ignition, and even have driver profiles launched with everything from preferred music to seat positioning.
Currently Hyundai offers Blue Link. Aside from its In-Car Connectivity providing Turn-By-Turn Navigation, Voice Text Messaging, Roadside Assistance, Restaurant ratings, and Voice Command control, you get Smartphone connectivity. By downloading the Blue Link Mobile application you gain maps with POI (Points of Interest), the ability to locate your car, remotely unlock and lock doors and start the engine just like a remote car starter. You can find a list of the compatible mobile operating systems and corresponding devices at http://m.hyundaiusa.com/technology/bluelink/app.html.
There are numerous smartphone remote car starters available on the market. One of them is Audiovox CarLink and can be used with the iPhone, Android smartphones, and Blackberry smartphones. The professional installed Audiovox CarLink is compatible with most vehicles. CarLink enables you to find your car by honking, lock and unlock doors, start your car and open the trunk. At their website, http://www.voxcarlink.com/, you can get more information, find a dealer, read FAQs, and download user guides for the supported smartphones. Audiovox CarLink is priced at $299.99 and to add even more features can be used with other Audiovox alarm systems.
Another keyless entry system is the Directed SMARTSTART, found at http://www.directed.com/SmartStart/. The Directed SmartStart System requires a compatible device running Android, iOS (iphone / iPad / iPod Touch) or Blackberry OS 4.5 through 6 (for OS 7 there is a beta application), the downloadable Directed SmartStart app, a Directed SmartStart Service plan and either a Directed SmartStart system or a Directed SmartStart module. With the Directed SMARTSTART system you can lock and unlock doors, start your car remotely, open the trunk, panic, and more than one user can assigned. The SmartStart 3.0 application includes SmartSchedule, Vehicle Status, use Auxiliary channels (windows and more), utilize Bluetooth and for some cars the ability to view vehicle diagnostics.
Due to the complex installation process and cost for higher end features (such as heating up the car and the interaction between different devices) many haven't experienced the full capabilities of smartphone vehicle integration. Hyundai and Broadcom make it simple by using NFC and having all of the features preinstalled. The Hyundai i30 Connectivity Concept Car will definitely catch on, especially with Millennials.