Cell phone can unlock car, start engine

Sep 24, 2008 By JAY ALABASTER , Associated Press Writer
Mobile Phone with Built-in Intelligent Key (Prototype)
Mobile Phone with Built-in Intelligent Key (Prototype)

(AP) -- A new Japanese mobile phone will automatically unlock the doors of its owners' cars and let drivers start their engines without using an ignition key.



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Glis
5 / 5 (1) Sep 24, 2008
Yet another thing being built into a phone...

Just look around your house and think, someday this will be in my phone.
Remote control, already done...
42" tv, already in the works with projectors...
light switches, done...
front door locks, done...
pets, done...
Telephone, sorry, your battery is dead from watching video streams all day.

I officially use my phone less for talking than I do for other things (text, email, web...), so should it really be called a phone anymore?

I think it's funny that Japan makes such nice cars while they are a country where few people drive, and we have more cars than drivers but produce generic crap.
Arikin
not rated yet Sep 24, 2008
Its a race to put more and more features in phones here in Japan. The major electronic companies all make handsets for all the mobile phone service providers. Lots of choices and competition.

With this feature I hope they make it as secure as the IC wireless credit cards...
DGBEACH
not rated yet Sep 30, 2008
What the f#$@k??? So now all I have to do is steal your cell phone and your car is mine??? Does ANYBODY see the folly in this approach???

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