12/15/2017

Conti Goes Keyless

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“In the evolving world of shared mobility, smartphones are fast becoming the gateway to on-demand services.” That’s Ralf Lenninger, head of intelligent transportation systems business unit, Continental.

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“In the evolving world of shared mobility, smartphones are fast becoming the gateway to on-demand services.”

That’s Ralf Lenninger, head of intelligent transportation systems business unit, Continental.

But he isn’t talking about, say, hailing an Uber.

He’s talking about keys.

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Or the displacement of keys through the use of an app and information downloaded to one’s smartphone.

They call it “Key-as-a-Service technology.”

Given the proper clearance, KaaS provides the user with the means to lock and unlock a vehicle and start it. No key. No fob. Just the phone.

The capability is being used by Avis Budget Group in its Kansas City facilities with its fleet of connected vehicles.

So while losing (or misplacing) a key may no longer be a problem for car renters, the need to keep one’s smartphone charged is all the more essential.

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