TOKYO (Sept. 24, 2008) -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Sharp
Corporation announced today that they have jointly developed a mobile phone
capable of functioning as an intelligent key for automobiles – a world's first*1.
The device will incorporate Nissan's Intelligent Key system, already a
standard feature in various Nissan vehicles.
The convergence of automotive and cellular technologies was made possible by
DOCOMO's expertise in the marketability of mobile phones, Sharp's development
of the phone itself and Nissan's provision of technical support to ensure the
key's operability with its vehicles.
Nissan's Intelligent Key system, installed in more than 950,000 units of various
Nissan models *2 since 2002, employs two-way wireless communications technology
to automatically unlock/lock *3 the car door and start/stop the engine. Nissan
and Sharp has now integrated these electronic intelligent-key, wireless communications
and electromagnetic technologies into the new handset.
As mobile phones increasingly become a daily necessity, the integration of these
technologies *4 and the potential to further expand related functionality helped
to bring together the three parties, who expect users to appreciate the seamlessly
integrated features of their new handset.
Nissan, DOCOMO and Sharp will demonstrate this mobile phone with built-in Intelligent
Key in their respective exhibits at CEATEC Japan 2008, which begins September
30 *5 . The three firms will continue to develop the product with an aim for
commercial distribution in early fiscal year 2009.
||As of September 2008, based on Nissan research
||As of August 2008, Japan only
||Manual remote entry also possible, like with conventional remote key
||Mainly automatic keyless entry and engine ignition, lockout prevention, plus conventional manual remote entry.
||Wednesday, September 30 until Saturday, October 4 at Makuhari Messe.
|The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subjected to change.