Forget Your Keys? Your Next Car May Be Unlocked With Your Smartphone | NBC News

You might notice something missing if you buy the new 2017 Volvo S90. The car key.

Starting with the launch of the new sedan later this year, the Swedish automaker plans to abandon the car key, except as a special option.

And Volvo isn’t alone. Traditional metal car keys have almost vanished entirely. Ford, for example, offers standard keys on only two new truck models. And they could vanish entirely in the next few years. But Volvo and others may also abandon the smart, wireless keyfobs that have come to take the place of standard keys, as well.

“Mobility needs are evolving, and so are our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way,” said Henrik Green, vice president at Volvo.

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