The Mobile Phone that Unlocks and Starts Motor Cars
Published on: 23rd Sep 2008
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Sharp and DoCoMo have developed a mobile phone which can also work as an electronic key for Nissan Motor cars. The phone will incorporate Nissan's Intelligent Key system, already a standard feature in various Nissan vehicles.
Nissan's Intelligent Key system, installed in more than 950,000 units of various Nissan models since 2002, employs two-way wireless communications technology to automatically unlock/lock the car door and start/stop the engine. Nissan and Sharp has now integrated these electronic intelligent-key, wireless communications and electromagnetic technologies into the new handset.
As mobile phones increasingly become a daily necessity, the integration of these technologies and the potential to further expand related functionality helped to bring together the three parties, who expect users to appreciate the seamlessly integrated features of their new handset.
The three firms will continue to develop the product with an aim for commercial distribution in early fiscal year 2009.