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    Hyundai smartphone integration technology will be available to car buyers in two years.

Hyundai has unveiled a smartphone system to replace car keys.

Demonstrated on a concept version of Hyundai’s popular i30 in Germany, the smartphone integration technology will be available to car buyers in two years.

Rather than using Bluetooth, the system uses wireless Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing you to lock and unlock the car by waving your phone over a small tag on the car window.

Inside the car, you place the phone on a pad in the centre console that wirelessly charges it while the content is synced and streamed to the car’s infotainment system and touchscreen.

The system can also store in-car preferences, including radio stations, seating positions and even mirror adjustment – with multiple profiles able to be saved for different drivers.

Hyundai said development the system was part of the carmaker’s aim of producing technology for the mainstream consumer. "The Connectivity Concept showcases Hyundai’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers,” Hyundai Motor Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth said in a statement.

“With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion."

Hyundai plans to offer the smartphone system on cars in 2015, and says it is also working on improved reversing cameras and lane departure alert systems with similar technology.

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  • Gee, I wonder what happens when your phone runs out of battery?

    Fergus Henderson of Clifton Hill, Victoria Posted on 31 December 2012 4:40pm
  • How about using your license to unlock the car. (Swipe or Scan) You can put other people's license you trust to unlock the car.

    Anonymous Posted on 27 December 2012 9:40pm
  • Too bad if you lose your phone! lol!

    Dianne Posted on 25 December 2012 11:12am
  • Wouldn't it make more sense for such a system to be via Bluetooth so it could perform a wider range of functions, and why would the phone need to be taken out of your pocket? You don't need to with hyundais current smart keys.

    Vern of Brassy Posted on 25 December 2012 10:27am
  • No thank you. Keys work - pretty much every time. Flat battery in the phone & you can't open your car. Keys can be copied, but generally they'd need the key to do it with. RFID (NFC) can be hacked much more easily. Add to that the new 'don't touch the phone' laws and what's the point of the rest of the functions. The phones already have too many 'features' I don't use or need.

    PGS of Sydney Posted on 25 December 2012 8:30am
  • Well I won't be putting Hyundai on my shopping list. I do not want my smartphone synching to my car and I do not want my car wide open to hi tech thieves. Hyundai still won't fix the faulty brake lights system on their present cars and my iPhone is still kept well away from my PC as it causes no end of headaches when it gets plugged in. Why put two troubled devices together at the same time?

    Darcy Maddock of Australia Posted on 25 December 2012 7:34am
  • Makes you wonder will phone technology ever end. What use next. Its only 22 years ago when i was on the road doing service work and carried a remote dialler for the answering machine. Amazing eh !

    Thomo Posted on 25 December 2012 7:17am
  • So when your phone runs out of battery, neither will you be able to start your car let alone ring RACV for a phone charger.

    Dave Shepherd of Thinkwe Lost Posted on 25 December 2012 7:01am
  • I'd even consider buying a Hyundai due to this! This is awesome. Now id BMW or Honda did it... smile

    James of Perth Posted on 24 December 2012 10:41pm
  • Thats a brilliant idea, when you lose or break your phone you won't be able to open your car, call for help or go anywhere. Why do these stupid ideas keep rearing their heads, there is nothing wrong with using a key to operatye your car, it is simple and foolproof. Lets put the resources wasted on idiotic ideas into solving problems instead of creating problems.

    John of Colac Posted on 24 December 2012 8:48pm
  • No thank you, I have keyless entry and button start, I am happy to stay with that. Loose your Phone loose your car

    Concerned Aussie of S.A. Posted on 24 December 2012 7:17pm
  • This is a poorly written story! Spelling and grammar errors throughout. Disapointed Carsguide!

    Disappointed Reader of Melbourne Posted on 24 December 2012 5:55pm
  • Sorry Apple. According to you NFC isn't a technology worth having on the iPhone and now it's being taking up on many fronts. Oh Jobs, how we missed you.

    Ray of Bris Posted on 24 December 2012 2:51pm
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