Smart Key Box, an innovation from Toyota to make the Online Car Sharing Business model more secure & robust.
From the name Smart Key Box, you must be guessing what is it. Right? No! Ok.
It’s an innovative device from Toyota comes with a smart mobile app connected with Toyota’s Cloud platform, through which users can unlock their car & start it up using just a smartphone. But the smartphone has to be pre-authenticated.
It was the main thing on a brief note to solve your curiosity. But what is the real story behind? Now let me tell you the story from the beginning.
Toyota, the Japanese Automobile giant has recently made an Investment in San Francisco-based online peer-to-peer car sharing service provider Gatearound.
Gatearound is mainly an online platform for car sharing which brings private car owners & drivers under the same roof for both parties benefit.
Using this platform the car owners can rent out their cars for money when they are not using it. To whom? To different drivers, who are enlisted in the Getaround’s platform.
So to make this entire process of car sharing & rental more secure and robust, Toyota has come up with this new multi-facet magic box called Smart Key Box loaded with some advanced functionalities.
Let’s have a detailed idea about this box, how will it work and what benefits the users will get.
As I have already given you an idea, now lets delve deeper. Smart Key Box is a hardware device which can easily be integrated into the car’s dashboard.
To operate it, there is a smart Mobile App which is connected to Toyota’s cloud-based platform to centrally manage all the operation.
Two key operations are Unlock & Start a car using a smartphone which has this app installed. So the drivers who will take cars in loan via Getaround they all need to be authenticated using this app.
The centrally connected cloud-based platform will help to issue authentication code for the drivers, handling different payment & loan related matters swiftly to give the users a hassle free experience.
So through this integrated platform tracking & monitoring of the drivers will be much more easier. For the car owners too it’s a matter of relax.
But as a private car owner if you are thinking to use this device & app for your own purpose then sorry. It’s only to be used with car sharing service.
Gataround is starting a pilot program to test this new technology in coming January at San Francisco.
So with this Smart Key Box we can assume that Online Car rental / sharing service will get a huge boost. Now time will tell how much successful it becomes.
Via: Phone Arena