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Smartphone-based car key idea: Anyone used Mobokey before?

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Smartphone-based car key idea: Anyone used Mobokey before?

Hey guys, I was looking for a smartphone based car key idea (seeing more and more things are integrated to our smartphone these days ie. membership, mobile payment etc.) and came across the Mobokey.
https://mobokey.com/shop/cam-pro/
I understand the security concern (bluetooth connection can be hacked), but other than that this seems pretty decent for the price.
Tried to google a bit more but apparently there is no much discussion online.
Anybody has any experience with this?
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Unless it's a manufacturer's feature, no. Something like this is not to be messed with, what if in an emergency you REALLY need to start the car, and it fails you. Security is not a big deal but risk to your safety is the concern.

A lot of cars are now being connected by 4G and soon 5G, features will be standard soon just like Tesla's system. Ford, GM, Kia/Hyundai have pretty nifty systems too.
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Smartkey is already super convenient and never have to be taken out of your pocket or purse.
Using a phone is like going back to a physical key.
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vkizzle wrote: Smartkey is already super convenient and never have to be taken out of your pocket or purse.
Using a phone is like going back to a physical key.
In theory, a smartphone based key could be more secure as you would have to unlock your phone by PIN, face ID or fingerprint. Better than proximity keys getting spoofed in seconds like those Toyota/Lexus thefts.
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bhrm wrote: In theory, a smartphone based key could be more secure as you would have to unlock your phone by PIN, face ID or fingerprint. Better than proximity keys getting spoofed in seconds like those Toyota/Lexus thefts.
I'm not too concerned about theft, as that's what insurance is for.
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In my opinion.. it's another concern for me as I have to worry about getting my phone hacked which will allow hacker to have access to my car. Also.. I already have house keys in my pocket...my car key isn't a nuisance.

Some like to have everything on their phone.. but that just makes me over-reliance on one device and I don't like that
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i may be wrong..maybe someone can confirm but doesnt Audi already use this feature in SQ5?

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