Volvo’s keyless car makes your smartphone the master.
Volvo showed up at MWC 2016 in Barcelona with a car (shocker), but there wasn’t a key in sight. Yes, this is Volvo’s new keyless vehicle, and I went to check it out.
Locking and unlocking your car via your smartphone isn’t anything new – a number of manufacturers already offer this – but Volvo’s new implementation takes things a step further.
The Volvo S90 parked up at MWC packs always-on Bluetooth, which is on the lookout for your smartphone.
All you have to do is walk up to the car (with your phone switched on and in your pocket or bag), place your hand on the handle and it’ll magically unlock.
The lights flash, the wing mirrors unfurl and the doors make that satisfying, clunky unlocking sound. The app doesn’t need to be open, or even sitting in your multi-tasking drawer, but your Bluetooth will need to be on.