Toyota tests keyless car-sharing service in Getaround pilot program
Toyota partners with Getaround car-sharing service to test Smart Key Box technology.
SAN FRANCISCO — Toyota will test its new Smart Key Box technology in vehicles used by car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco at the beginning of next year.
A Smart Key Box is placed inside vehicles in the car-sharing program. The person who wants to borrow the car receives a code via an app on a smartphone.
When the smartphone is brought near the vehicle, the pre-sent code is authenticated via Bluetooth. The user is then given access to the car and its push-button ignition. The code is only valid during the vehicle reservation period.
Toyota has invested $10 million in Getaround, a San Francisco-based startup, Reuters reported.
Car owners can register their cars on Getaround free of charge and receive a portion of the rental fee when other people choose to rent their vehicles. The service has around 300,000 users in the U.S., USA Today reported.
The Smart Key Box developed by Toyota. TOYOTA VIA CNET
The Smart Key Box can be placed in the dashboard of the car, without any modifications. TOYOTA VIA THE VERGE
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