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Volvo will let owners lose their keys forever in 2017

| Auto Technology, USA, Volvo | February 22, 2016

Volvo will let owners lose their keys forever in 2017

Next year, Volvo will offer customers the option to ditch the traditional key or even the modern electronic fob in favor of using a smartphone app to control their vehicle.

The device’s Bluetooth connection will allow the engine to start, let owners toggle the locks, and more. The Swedish automaker will show the innovative tech publicly at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, later in February.

Volvo sees the functions of a traditional key as just the beginning for this smartphone tech. Through the app, an owner will be able to share access to the vehicle with family or friends. Companies, like rental car agencies, will also be able to give customers permission to use a model, and a person won’t have to worry about picking up a key.

Volvo will give the digital key a major test later this year on its car sharing fleet in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2017, the company will make the tech available to customers on a “limited number” of vehicles – S90, V90, and XC90. We’re curious to see how the automaker handles security concerns because thieves have already cracked some modern key fobs.

If you’re already having an anxiety attack at the mere thought of a dropped phone or dead battery leaving you stranded, don’t worry. Volvo promises to continue to offer physical keys to its customers.

(Source: AutoBlog.com)