Automakers are beginning to realize too many cars are sitting for too long without being driven. In that vein, Toyota is launching a car sharing pilot program that allows users to unlock shared cars without the need for a physical key. The program, established in partnership with car sharing company Getaround, starts in January in San Francisco.
Instead of a key, car sharing users will receive special codes on their smartphones granting them access to the vehicle. When the smartphone comes in close contact with the car, the codes are authenticated through Bluetooth technology with what Toyota calls a Smart Key Box. This box can be preset to operate within certain time periods specified under a car-sharing reservation.
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