A new Volvo “Safety Concept Car” now on display at the Detroit Motor Show has been developed to illustrate the direction of future safety efforts at Volvo and Ford . A new unique remote control, where the user identity is secured by finger verification, is a key feature in the development of personal security. This device, which automatically stores and communicates information using Bluetooth technology, may replace conventional car keys in the future.

Volvo has developed a new intelligent remote control, the Volvo Personal Communicator (VPC), in collaboration with, among others, Fingerprint Cards AB and Combitech Systems AB. The VPC is included in the “Safety Concept Car”, at Detroit which also features passive unlocking, a warning that there is somebody in the car, a panic function, remote alarm status and automatic dialling of the emergency services in the event of an accident.

The VPC is a refinement of the remote control in a keyless locking system. It introduces new benefits such as enhanced information exchange implemented as a two-way communication secured with biometric personal identification. The car automatically recognises the remote control and transmits the personal settings for the present user. User identity is secured by means of fingerprint card technology, specially developed for compact mobile systems, typically installed in confined spaces and possessing a high level of user friendliness.

The integrated Bluetooth technology also allows data to be transferred between the VPC and a PC or handheld computer, such as a driving log, route scheduler, address book, e-mail or computer file.

Note – just-auto has a feature about Bluetooth technology in the archive: https://www.just-auto.com/features_detail.asp?art=227