Apple has been granted a patent which could see your trusty iPhone become even more useful than before – by becoming your new smart car key.
Ensuring you’d never have to worry about losing your keys again, the patent titled ‘Accessing a Vehicle using an iDevice’ details a wireless setup between multiple iPhones and vehicle with one device acting as a primary key holder. Limited benefits can also be granted to secondary touchscreen devices that can be used as temporary keys.
For example, the patent mentions setting the ‘usage parameters’ of the iPhone/key so it can only be used between certain times of the day, so restrictions could be set up to allow and deny the kid’s from taking the car for a spin without dad’s permission. We think our parent readers will agree this sounds a very handy feature!
Source: Patently Apple