09 Feb '11, 12pm

BMW developing 'futuristic' car keys

BMW developing 'futuristic' car keys

SINGAPORE: A car key that serves as a credit card and even a house key may sound futuristic, but auto giant BMW is looking to develop just that. The ignition key of the future will use Near Field Communication, a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology. This technology, also known as touch technology, is already used in some payment methods. Experts said they expect more of such developments to be tested here in Asia. BMW said it would be adding Near Field Communication to its car keys. With such technology, drivers could use their car key to purchase a train ticket or even book a hotel room. Jorg Preissinger of Research RFID Technologies, BMW Group Research and Technologies said: "The BMW driver today already carries his key with him, so we want to enable the BMW key with an NFC interface to enable new features and services for the customer outside th...

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