The Chinese car manufacturer has created a smartwatch that can replace your car key, and it’s more than just a key replacement. Let’s find out how it stacks up against other smartwatches that offer similar functions – if there are any.
BYD – A New Player In The Smartphone Accessory Market
While many smartphone brands have diversified into the automobile industry, BYD has taken a different route. It has entered the market with a smartphone accessory that can be a game-changer. Xiaomi ventured into making cars, Huawei began supplying technology to carmakers, and Nio, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, is making its first smartphone. However, BYD chose to start small with an accessory that could revolutionize how we use our cars.
BYD Smartwatch: A Convenient Car Key That Can Do More
The BYD smartwatch is a circular smartwatch that can function as a car key, making it impossible to misplace. It is designed to make our lives easier by eliminating the need to carry a car key in our pockets. With this smartwatch, you can go for a morning run, swim, or do any other activity without worrying about losing your car key.
However, the smartwatch is more than just a car key replacement. It offers all the traditional features of a smartwatch, such as activity tracking, notifications, and Bluetooth call handling.
Smart Car Control Made Easy
The BYD smartwatch offers keyless entry and smart locking features, so you don’t need to press any buttons to unlock or lock your car. Simply get close to the car, and it will recognize you and unlock itself.
If your vehicle isn’t electric, you can also use the smartwatch for remote start, a helpful feature in cold weather. Additionally, the smartwatch lets you control the windows and trunk of your car from your wrist.
Compatibility And Battery Life
BYD claims that its smartwatch is compatible with most Android smartphones and also supports Apple devices. The watch runs on an undisclosed operating system and has a 200 mA battery that offers 30 days of standby time or 5 to 7 days of continuous use. While it’s not a proper OS, it’s still impressive that the watch manages to offer such an extensive range of features despite its custom UI.
BYD Smartwatch: A Not-So-Revolutionary Approach?
The concept of using a smartwatch as a car key isn’t new. Apple Watches already support the car-key function, and smartphones and smartwatches with Huawei’s HarmonyOS can unlock cars. However, BYD is the first car manufacturer to create a smartwatch that doubles as a car key.
The BYD smartwatch’s masculine design may leave female car owners disappointed, but there’s no reason to believe that a more gender-neutral version won’t be released in the future.
Early Reviews And Future Prospects
BYD has given a small group of Chinese social media influencers access to its smartwatch to post reviews. It’ll be interesting to see how the public reacts to this innovation.
As smartwatches have become an inseparable part of our lives, incorporating a car-key function into them makes a lot of sense. The popularity of smartwatches has led luxury car brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, and Ferrari to sell watches. A watch that can also open your car would.