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Bosch app Photo: Supplied
Bosch app Photo: Supplied
 
 
Alexandra Lawrence | Sep, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

It seems our driving future will be heavily reliant on smartphones.

In the coming months, our drivers licences are set to turn digital, accessible through an app, and now Bosch says we can soon lose the car keys, because they’ve made an app for those too.

“Perfectly Keyless” will make its world debut later this month at the IAA International Motor Show, a trade fair for mobility, transportation and logistics in Hannover, Germany.

The technology might reach passenger vehicles and Australian trucks in the near future.

The app was designed for fleet vehicle companies with multiple drivers for multiple vehicles, but can be used by private vehicle owners also.

Once the vehicle has been linked to a smartphone online, sensors will detect when the driver is within close range and it will be unlocked.

These sensors also detect when the driver is in the seat, allowing it to start up when the start-stop button is pressed. Then, when the driver gets out at the end of the journey, the sensors pick this up and lock the vehicle.

In the event that a smartphone is lost or stolen, the “key” can be deactivated at any time online, which then blocks access to the vehicle.

Bosch says the technology will make conventional keys a thing of the past.

President of Bosch Automotive Electronics, Harald Kröger, says the company’s digital vehicle key gives fleets a boost towards greater connectivity.

“This is the only way the logistics of the future will be able to function efficiently,” says Kröger.

Companies like Tesla have already developed a similar app that allows you to remotely lock, unlock and set the climate control, among other things, in its vehicles.

 
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