At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Continental is showing how car drivers will be able to open and start their vehicles in future by using their cell phone. The company is developing a virtual car key integrated in a mobile phone that wirelessly swaps data with the chosen vehicle. This key within a cell phone also makes it possible to personalize vehicles and exchange information to an extent never before seen, and paves the way for new, intelligent mobility concepts.
By Jack Bergquist, Market Analyst, IMS Research
There were some interesting innovations in terms of connected platforms and HMI developments at the show.
Every concept car was being shown with a full colour display and a connected infotainment system, most with interesting and novel HMI’s. For example, the Ford Evos, which has a touch console for the right hand to rest on. It looked very similar to the type of interface you would see in a science fiction film.