Hyundai has showcased its new Connectivity Concept through the use of smartphones and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Hyundai has stated that this new technology will be seen in cars of the future and likely to be ready by 2015. Connectivity Concept was showcased on the new i30 at the company headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. This Connectivity Concept permits users to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphones on the NFC tag while altogether making the traditional car key redundant.
Besides easy opening of car door, the device is then placed on the centre console so as to immediately activate user profile by streaming content to the car’s 7” touchscreen. Users can access music, phone contacts, radio stations and other profile settings through the use of this device while the battery can be recharged wirelessly even while in use. Through the use of Connectivity Concept, multiple users can also be synced with the car meaning that car settings can be programmed to each driver’s smartphone in case of multiple users.
To see this technology through, Hyundai has entered into a joint agreement with Broadcom Corporation to power these connected cars. Besides entertainment functions other driver’s assistance systems such as lane departure warning and reverse parking cameras will also be integrated into Hyundai vehicles in the future.