Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company, Sharp Corporation and NTT DOCOMO Inc. have announced that they have jointly developed the world’s first mobile phone capable of functioning as an intelligent key for automobiles. The device will incorporate Nissan’s Intelligent Key system, already a standard feature in various Nissan vehicles.
Nissan’s Intelligent Key system, installed in more than 950,000 Nissan units since 2002, employs two-way wireless communications technology to automatically lock or unlock the car doors, and start and stop the engine. Nissan and Sharp have integrated these electronic communications and electromagnetic technologies into the new handset.
The companies will demonstrate the phone at CEATEC Japan 2008, which begins September 30.The three firms will continue to develop the product with an aim for commercial distribution in early 2009.