Watch out . . . it’s time for fash­ion to help start your car

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JOSHUA DOWLING

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.

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