If you've ever wanted to use your mobile phone to open your car's door and start the engine, then you're in luck, as that's precisely what's just around the corner – if you live in Japan.
Working together, Japanese firms NTT DoCoMo, Nissan and Sharp have developed a prototype phone that incorporates all the pertinent aspects of Nissan's six-year-old Intelligent Key system.
The handset, which will go on public display next week, essentially combines the wireless technology needed to open a car door lock and control engine ignition remotely.
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Details are scarce for now, but we'll be sure to find out more for you at the CEATEC electronics exhibition near Tokyo next week.