updated 11:30 pm EDT, Thu June 23, 2011
Key can be used to find car, check diagnostics
NXP Semiconductor has unveiled a new product, labeled KeyLink Lite, that serves as a bridge between NFC-enabled vehicles and smartphones. Using short-range communication and encryption, the key securely transfers data between vehicles and mobile devices. In one possible application, the key stores GPS location data as a user exits their car. When the time comes to find the car, the user can bring the key close to their smartphone and quickly use a maps app to find the proper location.
Aside from the basic location feature, the key can also be used to transfer route information between a mobile device and the car's navigation system. Other potential capabilities focus on data such as service history, milage, fuel levels, or vehicle diagnostic information.
NXP has yet to announce pricing information for its KeyLink systems, though the products are likely to show up as an integrated feature directly from carmakers. [via CNET and Telematics News]