Volvo tries out ‘keyless car’ in Sweden

App display Volvo carless keyImage copyright

Image caption

The app can do all a earthy pivotal can do, Volvo claims

The automobile manufacturer Volvo is to try out a phone app in Sweden that a organisation claims could reinstate a automobile key.

The Bluetooth app can control doorway thatch and start or stop a engine, though a organisation told a BBC that additional confidence measures would also be used inside a vehicles.

The app will also let automobile owners share “digital keys” with others and download keys before renting vehicles.

If a hearing is a success a app could be launched subsequent year.

Volvo will continue to offer earthy keys to business who wish them, a organisation said.

The hearing will be in partnership with a swift of sinecure cars during Gothenburg airfield in Sweden.

Keys with batteries

Potential problems such as misplaced phones and handset battery life are already a cause of complicated life, Martin Rosenqvist, executive of new tech and services during Volvo, told a BBC.

“If we remove your automobile pivotal we need to go to a Volvo play – if we remove your phone we have to get a new phone. You can acquire a new app on a new phone,” he said.

Mr Rosenqvist forked out that other essential transport items, such as mobile boarding passes for flights, already need battery life to be factored in for a generation of travel.

“Our app has extrinsic outcome on battery life,” he said.

The app communicates with “a Bluetooth installation” inside a car, Mr Rosenqvist said, though concurred that additional confidence would be required.

“It is a digital pivotal though there is also a digital close and they need to promulgate with any other in a right sequence,” he said.

“Just listening to a phone is not enough,” he added, nonetheless he declined to criticism on what a additional stairs would be.

Image copyright

Image caption

Bluetooth does have weaknesses, cyber confidence experts say

‘Security conundrum’

A cybersecurity expert, Professor Alan Woodward, warned however that Bluetooth was “a confidence conundrum” since a record was creatively designed as a short-range, deputy for cables.

“The confidence is tangible in a standards so as to concede for ‘flexibility’,” he explained.

“However, this coherence has a downside in that a developers have to compensate courtesy or they can leave it open to eavesdropping or hijacking.

“It is not formidable to lessen opposite a several forms of conflict [but] we need to developers to be wakeful of a hazard in sequence to safeguard a slackening is in place,” he added.