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The end of car keys is near (if you believe BMW)

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show, a BMW Board Member, Ian Robertson, let slip in an interview with Reuters that BMW is actively investigating whether eliminating car keys altogether is feasible.
In a 'keyless' future it is envisaged that people will be able to more easily car and ride share
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The move comes as research reveals that most BMW owners carry smartphones- which can be used to unlock their cars via a dedicated app. In addition, keys are no longer required to start many cars as they are equipped with engine-start buttons that recognise a fob in the driver’s pocket.

Eliminating car keys is more than simply freeing up people’s pockets though. One of the main reasons for the move away from keys is about how manufacturers view car ownership and usage in the future. In a future where cars are shared or are only used on very time-limited basis, car keys would be a hindrance.

In the future that many manufacturers envisage, people will be able to use their smartphone to unlock a whole fleet of cars. It would certainly make car sharing services vastly more convenient, but it does also open up the potential for an array of automotive privacy and security issues.

If BMW are to be believed though, car keys could soon be extinct. As Robertson said during his interview, “Honestly, how many people really need it (keys). They never take it out of their pocket, so why do I need to carry it around.”

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