Watch out . . . it’s time for fashion to help start your car
IT is the type of technology that James Bond might use, but now everyone can be a secret agent. A Chinese company has invented a watch that also doubles as a car key.
BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is in partnership with Mercedes- Benz to develop electric vehicles. It has unveiled a sensor key hidden behind the face of an analogue watch.
Sensor-key technology isn’t new — many cars are available with keys that you can leave in your pocket — but BYD is the first car maker to embed the technology into a wristwatch.
It means drivers don’t need to worry about losing their key and eliminates the need to press a remote to unlock the door as they approach the car.
You also don’t need to put the key in the ignition to start it. The car will detect when the wristwatch is inside the vehicle, and the engine will start at the press of a button.
China Car Times reports that BYD has applied for 21 global patents for the technology, which should be available to the public within two years.
BYD is also reportedly examining different watch designs for its latest models.
The watch key is the latest automotive innovation from BYD.
In August, BYD released a remote control for full-size cars so that drivers could park in spots too tight to open doors.
On its latest sedan, the remote control allows the car to be controlled from the outside at low speed over short distances.
BYD cars are not sold in Australia.