It was bound to happen – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Sharp Corporation have announced that they will be jointly developing a mobile phone that doubles as an intelligent key for your car.  The new handsets will perform typical remote functions, including locking/unlocking the car, and starting/stopping the car's engine.

Nissan and company will be demonstrating the technology at CEATEC Japan next week.  Consumers can expect the product to hit the market early in 2009.  While the increased reliability of keyless entry and ignition systems pretty much ensures that they are going to become the standard, one would be hard pressed to show how they have made life better.  Hopefully, Nissan and Sharp can integrate some exciting new functionality into the device.

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