Unlock the car and stop driving with your smartphone, this technology is becoming more widely available.
Smartphones have been central to our digital lives for years. But now only functions are becoming more widely available that make the smartphone more important and practical in everyday life Apart from payment methods, it also includes digital car keys. Hyundai is now on board with the new Kona.
It brings digital car keys to the mid-range segment. B-SUV, that’s the technical term. It is not the high-end version using UWB technology, but can be used with a large number of smartphones thanks to NFC technology. This will basically be any Android phone running Android 13 and offering Google Wallet.
The digital key is based on NFC technology and is compatible with current devices with iOS version 16.3 or Android version 13 that have a wallet function. Digital car keys can be stored on your smartphone in just a few steps using the Bluelink app available on the App Store or Google Play.
As soon as the smartphone is held against the driver’s or passenger’s side door handle, the vehicle is unlocked or locked with compatible devices, even if the smartphone’s battery is empty. To start the engine, the smartphone must be in the storage compartment in the center console.
Hyundai offers digital car keys for the Kona starting with the Prime package. This applies to combustion engines and new electric versions (from 2023). Like other manufacturers, users can share their digital car keys with other users. For example, with your life partner and all other people who should have access to the car.