Volvo has become the first car manufacturer to launch a vehicle that doesn't need a key.
Rather than a traditional key, Volvo customers will be offers a digital application for their mobile phones that will give them completely new ways to use their cars.
This new app will allow drivers unlock the car and start the engine – just like a usual key. However, there are some key differences that give the application an advantage over a physical key.
The technology will allow the possibility of more than one digital key being stored on a phone, allowing drivers to access different Volvo vehicles in different locations.
Technology like this would also have a great benefit when renting a car. Rather than waiting in line before a rental desk, customers would be able to receive a car key directly to their phone – then find the vehicle via GPS.
On top of this, owners would be able to send their digital keys to friends and family members, allowing them to use their car.
Henrik Green, vice president of product strategy and vehicle line management at Volvo Cars, said: "At Volvo, we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our customers' lives easier and save them time.
"Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire the entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes."