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Re: smartphone as a car key
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 4:39:29 PM
Exactly. It would be a perfect app for zipcar!

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Unintended consequences
DrQuine   10/6/2013 11:06:15 PM
Using my SmartPhone for car access sounds great ... until I think of the unintended consequences:
  • How will I lend you my car while I'm away on a business trip if I still want my SmartPhone?
  • If I can clone the key with an expiration date for your SmartPhone, how will I entend that loan when I get delayed returning home?
  • What if you don't have a compatible SmartPhone to accept the key?
  • What happens when I drop my SmartPhone in a puddle on a wilderness trip? 
  • What happens when my charger cord breaks or gets forgotten? Will I lose access to my car on a long trip - moments after my GPS goes dead so I'm both lost and locked out of my car without a phone to call for help?

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Re: Unintended consequences
junko.yoshida   10/7/2013 6:02:23 AM
DrQuine, this is a brilliant list!

I love that. I think all these things need to be worked out before this idea of smartphone as a car key becomes a reality. Most likely, carmakers will give us both a regular physical car key AND smartphone car key app. (But then, we must ask, why bother developing a smart car key app?) 

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