It’s not often when you get goose-bumps from an idea, but Ford seems to have done it this time. Using their edge technology, the American auto-maker has developed the most unusual software, but one that will surely catch the fever. Based on their wireless car unlocking technology, Ford Keyfree is a Chrome extension that stores passwords for various online services and uses them to login when the owner is near the computer. When the user walks away, the opposite action happens and the owner is logged out of any important account, thus strengthening security and making sure no one else takes advantage of the machine while you are away.
Ford outwit Google and Apple at their own game
The whole concept caught life when Ford developed a wireless car unlocking system, which used the smartphone as the actual key. One smartphone was synced with the authorized information and whenever the user approached his car, the phone was identified through the Bluetooth connection and the car unlocked itself. Viceversa, when the user breaks the connection by placing himself 10 meters away from the vehicle, the car safely assumes that its owner is leaving and locks the doors.
Following the same idea for the locking sequence, the French Ford branch has developed a Chrome extension that stores passwords for Facebook, Twitter and Google. Once introducing the credentials for these services and pairing it with a desktop machine, the application would log the user whenever he’s near the computer. This means that in order to login to all these social media services, all the user has to do is sit near the PC.
It’s a unique service that has no competition on the market and makes use of the software developed by Google, its phones and those of Apple, while being fabricated by a car producer. And it works great.
Drawbacks and possible concepts
It seems that the connection uses a Bluetooth ID and NFC technology, just like the one used when pairing the phone with the car’s audio system, which is not considered very secure amongst tech savvy people. Bluetooth IDs can be cloned, by this is only a tactic that an experimented user would resort to. The main drawback of the service is his limitations: in our day-to-day routine, I can safely assume that one might use plenty other services, except Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Now imagine the Ford Keyfree being extended to the majority of websites and even to application that do not require a browser to function. Placing yourself near the computer would log in the user instantly, without having to access tens of pages. Developers would implement compatibility with Keyfree in every creation, and users will only need a smartphone to do it all. Now that would be an element that once again, intelligent phones replaced during the years.