Volvo unveil keyless car technology

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Volvo is to be the first manufacturer to release cars without the need for a physical key.

Buyers will be offered an application for their mobile phones instead of a normal key, with the Swedish manufacturer claiming it will "offer customers far more flexibility."

The app will be able to carry out the tasks the physical key can do, such as locking and unlocking the car and starting the engine, and also allows the owner to share the key with anyone they wish.

There is also the possibility to receive more than one digital key to the application, meaning multiple Volvos can be accessed in different locations.

Volvo also say that it could help with hiring their cars, with the digital key being delivered to their phone, instead of waiting in a queue to get the normal key. The car could then be tracked by GPS, unlocked and driven away with little hassle.

Henrik Green, Volvo's Vice President of Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management, said: "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."

The new technology is being shown for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Physical keys will be offered to customers according to their preferences.

Author: Jack Healey