In a ground-breaking move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars will present plans at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona on Friday the 19th, to become the world’s first car manufacturer to sell cars without keys from 2017.
The new Volvo app enables the digital key on the customer’s mobile phone to do everything a physical key currently does, such as locking or unlocking the doors or the boot and allowing the engine to be started.
Volvo customers will be offered an application for their mobile phones, to replace the physical key with a digital key instead. The innovative Bluetooth enabled digital key technology, will offer Volvo drivers far more flexibility, enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars.
“At Volvo we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our
customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so are our customers’
expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way,” said Henrik Green, Vice President Product Strategy &
Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars. “Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to
completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire
day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.”
Customers will have the option of requesting a physical key.