By Stephen Schenck | December 27, 2012 5:02 PM
Last week, we heard that a couple major car manufacturers will be offering options for some of the models in their 2013 lineups to provide wireless charging for compatible smartphones. It seems that some of these companies have even grander plans for how increasingly-advanced cars will interact with our smartphones, and Hyundai, for one, has its eye on replacing your car keys with your phone.
We were just talking about how NFC has yet to really find an application that captures our attention. Well, cars already let us unlock and start them with proximity-based tags, so why not teach them how to talk over NFC and use our phones for the authentication? That’s what Hyundai’s been thinking, and working together with Broadcom, it expects that it could have a system ready for commercial integration by 2015.
Beyond just authenticating you, the NFC connection could tell the car your preferences for things like radio and climate control settings. And of course, just like those Toyota and Chrysler models we talked about, cars with this system would also have a wireless charging pad to help you avoid being locked-out from your phone running out of juice.