It goes without saying that many people have begun to consolidate all their electronic needs into a single hardware, and usually it's the smartphones that can fulfill this exact purpose. For those that own vehicles, their smartphones may also one day replace keys.
According to AAA, smartphones are already capable of allowing “motorists to enter and start a vehicle.” Hence, it’s only a matter of time before the automotive industry catches on and makes smartphone entry and ignition standard for cars.
(Wait… where's the key hole?)
Smart keys were once reserved for luxury brands such as BMW and Lexus, but nowadays most new cars rolling off the lot come with standard smart keys or at least it’s offered as an option.
“Traditional car keys will likely become obsolete and be replaced by technologies offering even greater security and convenience,” says John Nielsen, AAA director of automotive engineering and repair. “Motorists will need to adapt with the technology to avoid the hassle and expense of smart key replacements.”
The benefits of having smartphones control the majority of vehicular functionalities are apparent, but one has to wonder if the “spare key” will also be replaced by a backup handset battery.