Convenience or Risk? Using Your Phone as Your Car Key

As technology advances, more and more people are opting to use their smartphones for everything from banking to entertainment. Now, some car manufacturers are offering the option to use a phone app as a car key. While this may seem like a convenient and modern solution, it raises concerns about the security of your vehicle.

On one hand, using your phone as your car key can be incredibly convenient. You won’t have to fumble through your pockets or purse to find your keys, and you can even share access with family and friends through the app. Additionally, if you accidentally leave your phone behind, some apps offer backup options like a keypad or smartwatch access. However, relying on an app to access your car also comes with risks. If your phone is hacked or stolen, it could mean unauthorized access to your vehicle. Additionally, there is always the possibility of technical glitches or malfunctions that could leave you stranded.

In 2019, Tesla released the Tesla Model 3, a supposedly hack-proof, self-driving car, it took hackers about 5 minutes to hack the car, so would you be comfortable swapping your car’s keys for another smartphone app? For more information, Lars speaks with Tech Expert and long time friend of the show, Brian Westbrook.