Hyundai Connectivity Concept Replaces Your Car Keys With Your Smartphone

Hyundai Smartphone Key

These days there is an “App” for just about everything and now even your car keys.  Hyundai is testing a concept that replaces the now common, key fob with an App that will load on your smartphone.

Hyundai’s “Connectivity Concept” is still a study, but plans on making it’s public debut in 2015.  Hyundai has already equipped the New Generation i30 with the conceptual system as part of it’s demonstration plan.  The technology relies on Near Field Communication (NFC), meaning all you need to do is place the smartphone over an NFC tag on the door to enter.

Not only can the phone be used as your key, but once inside the car, your smartphone docks in the console with the ability to stream all your content, taking the connected car concept to the next level.

Press Release


Dec 21, 2012

  • Technology study showcasing future mobile phone and car integration
  • Car entry and locking via user’s smartphone
  • Connectivity Concept mirrors smartphone content wirelessly to i30’s central touchscreen
  • Technology expected to reach production in 2015

Hyundai is harnessing the versatility of today’s smartphones to create the first prototype of its own Connectivity Concept. The technology, previewed near the manufacturer’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, showcases Hyundai’s expertise in creating clever new technology for its range of cars and expected as soon as 2015.

Shown on Hyundai’s award-winning New Generation i30, the Connectivity Concept allows the user to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), negating the need for a traditional key fob.

Once inside, the device is placed in the centre console, which then activates the user’s profile by streaming content to the i30’s seven-inch touchscreen. All user content such as music, phone contacts, radio station preferences and individual profile settings are displayed. In addition the device’s battery is recharged wirelessly while in use.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. 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. As the technology continually develops there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.”

Multiple users can be synced with car, meaning set-up is quick and easy as the Connectivity Concept in the i30 tailors in-car settings according to each driver’s smartphone.

Furthermore, the Connectivity Concept utilises MirrorLink to wirelessly access and control personal content through the touchscreen including navigation, internet-based applications and multimedia.

Hyundai has already announced a joint development agreement with Broadcom Corporation, which will power the next generation of connected cars. With this technology, functions such as infotainment, telematics and other driver assistance systems like reverse parking cameras and lane departure warning will be integrated into Hyundai’s cars.

About Hyundai

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, which has ranked as the world’s fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing over 75,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor sold approximately 4.1 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships and showrooms. Hyundai Motor UK Ltd has been named Best Car Manufacturer 2011 by Which? magazine and Car Franchise of the Year by Motor Trader in 2010 and 2011. All passenger cars now come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 year Triple Care package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at

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