This week Lincoln rolled out the all-new 2020 Aviator SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While the new Aviator is packed with a ton of technology, there’s one new feature on this luxury SUV that is worthy of a stronger mention. The feature? The ability of owners to not carry a key fob at all.
Aptly named “Phone As A Key,” Lincoln’s new feature will, as the name implies, allow Aviator owners to authenticate themselves to the vehicle with their smartphone. Leveraging a Bluetooth connection between the device and the Aviator, the Lincoln Way app on an iOS or Android device will basically act as the key fob.
Lincoln says the system will allow up to four unique devices to be paired to the car at a time. There’s also safeguards in place in the event your smartphone dies while you’re out and about in your Aviator. Owners will have a set of backup codes they can enter to unlock and start the Aviator without a key fob or their smartphone.
Lincoln isn’t the first automaker to rollout this technology. Tesla has been allowing owners to utilize their phone as a key fob. Other automakers have offered other variations of the technology, such as Land Rover’s Activity Key, which is a waterproof fob with no buttons.
The all-new Aviator will go on sale next summer. Buyers will enjoy the world of now car keys right out the gate.