September 25, 2008

Nissan, Sharp and NTTDoCoMo develops new mobile phone with car keys

How many times it happened that you left your car key on the office desk and you have go up all the way to your office to get them. Carrying a car key is quite a problem. Well, now you will not forget your car keys. Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7201), Sharp Corporation (TYO: 6753) and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (TYO: 9437) have developed a mobile phone that will automatically open up car doors. The system will even allow the users to start their car engines without inserting the key.

Japan’s Sharp Corporation built this phone which uses the technology previously developed by Nissan Motor. Referred as “Intelligent Key” it allows the drivers to open the door and start the car without removing keys from their pockets. Cars equipped with the system automatically sense the presence of the key once it is brought inside the car. Since 2002, Nissan has produced around one million car supporting this new technology. The new mobile phone supporting this system will work on the mobile network of NTTDoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile phone operating company.

In a press release published on September 24, 2008, the three companies announced to display the technology in the upcoming CEATEC technology conference in Tokyo. The companies will launch the mobile phone in the market in March 2009.

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