BMW's New Smart Key Should Make Paying Easier

As I'm sure we all know by now, technology never ceases to impress us, and BMW has given us another breakthrough that does just that. It seems they have been working a smart key system that will do more than remember your seat settings.

Thanks to a partnership between the BMW Research Group and NXP Semiconductors, future BMW owners may be able to use their car key to make payments and order e-tickets without ever taking out their wallets. Some of the highlights of the system will include being able to save personal settings, pay for fuel and public transportation and even bypass toll-roads.

The system will also allow the owner to access personal data in their vehicle and take advantage of a handful of personalized in-vehicle services. The system can also be shared between more than one vehicle, if you are lucky enough to own to 2 newer BMWs that is. And, if you are a person who travels constantly and have to rent a car, the data can be transferred to that vehicle for a specific period of time.

The only real downside is that if you lose your car keys, you will also lose all of your personal and payment information.

Hat Tip: GizMag

Oct 28, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Beth Graddon-Hodgson's picture

 That's fantastic, thanks

 That's fantastic, thanks for the information. If you lose your keys, would it be possible for others to have access to that payment information?

I'd also be pretty impressed to see one of those with a everlasting battery too, so there's no replacement required! 

Beth Hodgson
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Oct 29, 2008
by Anonymous


I'm still waiting for a touch screen dashboard that lets me rearrange the display so the steering wheel isn't in the way of the vehicle monitors I care about. It would be nice if the key could remember my personalized dashboard layout when it adjusts the rest of the controls too.

Oct 29, 2008
by Anonymous


I'm sure if you can run your life with your car keys, that upon losing them the technology will be there to easily reload info into your new keys. In fact, that technology already exist. I don't see the downside.

Fred Heys