Can a Watch Replace Car Keys?
Jaguar's new Land Rover embraces wearable tech for your convenience
The new Jaguar Land Rover includes a number of features that will make summer travel a breeze. After recently revealing a new partnership at the Wearable Technology Show 2016, a smartwatch might soon replace the car key. Android Wear has teamed up with the car manufacturer in order to create a wristband that makes simple car control possible when away from the vehicle.
The F-Pace is the first model to feature the Activity Key, which enables all these remote functions. Some of the standout features include a car locator, temperature controls and unlocking features. An even more futuristic function is the ability to even remotely start the car engine prior to entering. In addition to unlocking and controlling the temperature prior to entering to the vehicle, the software can also reveal how much fuel is left in the gas tank. The software can also sync to both Android and Apple smartwatches.
The design of the wristband is waterproof and extra durable with consideration to consumers that enjoy the outdoors. The initiative brings a new element of utility to wearable tech that is subtle yet incredibly useful, and that could possibly one day replace the need for a car key altogether.
Jaguar also revealed the InControl Touch Pro system, an in-car tablet that acts like a Wi-Fi hotspot that shares traffic and weather reports. While this technology could pose a threat to the driver who is checking their email behind the wheel, it sounds more like passengers will be able to safely benefit from these features.
When the F-Pace hits the market this summer, it will solve a number of car issues. Drivers won’t have to worry about losing their keys and might very well be able to leave their pets in the car without overheating concerns. The initiative to improve car technology from a remote perspective is practical since it eliminates in-car distraction, allowing the driver to focus on the road and enjoy themselves fully once they reach their destination.