The world is becoming a smarter place to live thanks to ever-increasing smart devices. What started with smartphones is now expanding to devices such as smart locks, smart lights and even smart water taps and smart beds. Now, Google is taking this trend a step further by giving users an easy way to convert their cars into smart cars.
Of course platforms like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Echo Auto were already making up a big part of this. But now Google has introduced a bunch of new features that will make the process a whole lot simpler. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, the company announced features that will make it possible for users to lock and unlock their cars hands-free. Select Samsung smartphone users and Google Pixel users can now lock, unlock and even start their cars using the digital car keys on their smartphones, the company said. Currently, this feature is available only on select BMW vehicles. But if all goes well, Google may expand it to other companies’ cars as well.
Google also said that later this year it is rolling out a feature to Android phones that will enable users to lock and unlock their phone without taking out their smartphone to use them as their car keys. . “If you want to borrow your car, you’ll be able to share your car keys securely and remotely with friends and family,” Google wrote in a blog post. This feature will be available on select Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Z Fold 2 which come with Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The company said it is working on bringing digital car keys to more Android phones and vehicles later this year.
The list does not end here. The company also said that soon Android users will be able to seek help from Google for remote actions related to their cars. For example, users will be able to use their voice to heat and cool their cars. They will be able to lock and unlock their cars on all Google Assistant-enabled devices and get information about the parameters of their cars. As far as availability is concerned, this feature will be first available on Volvo Cars vehicles in the coming months. The company will gradually expand its availability to other vehicles soon.
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