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Unlock your Hyundai with a tap of your smartphone by 2015

(Credit: Hyundai)

In the future, you’ll be able to unlock your Hyundai car, start its engine, and more with little more than your NFC-enabled smartphone. Using the new Hyundai i30 (known here in the States as the Elantra GT) as its Connectivity Concept test platform, Hyundai showed off a variety of wireless technologies that it hopes to implement as early as 2015.

According to Hyundai, “the Connectivity Concept allows the user to lock and unlock the car by placing their smartphone over an NFC-tag (Near Field Communication), negating the need for a traditional key fob.” Upon entering the vehicle, placing the phone in the center console allows the car to be started. Meanwhile, a wireless charging pad built into the console keeps the phone juiced while you drive. NFC was selected by the Car Tech editors as the “Most promising future tech” as part of our 2012 Car Tech Awards with this very implementation in mind.

The smartphone will also enable the car's starter, unlock the driver's profile, power the MirrorLink infotainment system, and charge wirelessly from its place in the console.

(Credit: Hyundai)

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