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Samsung is turning its phones into a digital car key

In South Korea for now

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Smartphones have already progressed far beyond expectations over the last few years. Our devices can now control a lot of facets in our lives. However, there’s one feature that hasn’t taken off quite yet: digital car keys. Samsung wants to push the feature more. The company is adding a digital car key feature to its smartphones.

Announced with the Galaxy S21 launch, Samsung promised to roll out the feature soon. The digital car key will be based on ultra-wideband and NFC technology. Naturally, it will require compatible cars to work. For now, Samsung is rolling it out in only one country and for only one car: the Genesis GV60 in South Korea. Additionally, it will roll out for the brand’s newer phones: Galaxy S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, Z Fold 2, and Z Fold 3.

With the feature, users can unlock their cars without pulling out a key or a phone. Users will also be able to control some aspects of their vehicles (like their mirrors) and find where they parked their cars. While protected with eSE (or embedded Secure Element) technology, users can also share their keys with anyone else who has Android 11, creating a new way to share car keys.

Unfortunately, it will take a while before the feature rolls out to more cars. If anything, Samsung has already promised partnerships with Audi, BMW, and Ford.

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VanMoof reveals next-gen S5 and A5 e-bikes

On sale worldwide for US$ 2,998

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VanMoof next-gen S5, A5

Urban e-bike developer VanMoof has announced its latest generation e-bikes: the VanMoof S5 and VanMoof A5.

Their fully re-engineered features include an ultra-silent powerful motor, long-range battery, powerful boost, and the latest VanMoof anti-theft tech

Both e-bikes come in gray and are on sale worldwide starting from April 5, 2022 for US$ 2,998.

Deliveries will start from July 2022, while a range of accessories will become available in early summer of 2022.

To manage demand and delivery times, riders get access to purchase via waitlist. Sign up to the waitlist at vanmoof.com.

Easy, intuitive use

The VanMoof S5 and A5 have the industry-first Halo Ring Interface which is integrated into the e-bikes’ handlebars and shows speed, battery levels, and connectedness.

The VanMoof anti-theft technology has been improved with a revamped in-wheel kick lock, bigger pin, and new auto retract function.

The bike can secure itself with a tap, and is able to unlock automatically upon the rider’s return.

Both e-bikes also come with a new optional phone mount and USB-C charging port for riders to turn their phones into instant dashboards suitable for navigation or on-the-go charging.

Ultra-smooth riding experience

With a series of improvements and an award-winning design, the S5 and A5 are poised to have elevated stability, usability, and overall riding experience.

The ultra-silent Gen 5 motor, long-range battery, and powerful boost make up the bikes’ connected power system.

This system includes a complex network of intelligent sensors that are engineered to give riders an ultra-smooth riding experience.

Both the S5 and A5 respond to the rider’s pace and movement, thanks to upgraded electronics, rebooted torque sensor, and Gen 5 E-shifter.

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Improved electric car Changan Eado EV460 available in PH

An alternative as fuel prices continue to soar

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Eado EV460

With vehicle fuel prices continuing to soar, car buyers might want to consider shifting to a more sustainable electric vehicle (EV).

One premium option is the Eado EV460 car from Chinese automobile manufacturer Changan.

The Eado EV460 was one of five offerings introduced to the Philippine market back in 2020.

The model was hailed as China’s greenest vehicle and Model of the Year at the China Green Car Annual Awards back in 2018.

Thanks to further research and development, the Eado EV460 now has three-in-one electric drive, which allows the more optimal usage of energy for every charge.

The car model takes about eight hours to fully charge, and only 30 minutes for a fast-charge of about 30 to 80 percent on quick charge stations.

Premium features

Eado EV460

Aside from the Eado EV460’s efficient power consumption, it also boasts more features that make the car keep in step with most fuel-powered sedans in the market, including:

  • A Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), powered by a Ternary (lithium ion) battery that yields a maximum power of 136PS and maximum torque of 245NM
  • Estimated cruising range of 430-550 kilometers at 60 kilometers per hour
  • Sturdy, well-built, simple design; classy interiors with plush leather seats
  • Mono-digital display, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and 10-inch high-definition touch screen
  • Cruise Control that lets driver lock on to their desired speed
  • Connectivity features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Aside from that, safety wouldn’t be a problem either as the Eado EV460 has smart safety features, including:

  • Six airbags
  • Smart key with illuminated push start/stop button
  • Anti-lock Braking system
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Traction Control System
  • Hill Hold Control
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • Reverse Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • ISOFIX
  • Child Safety Lock
  • Seatbelt Reminder
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Price and availability

The Eado EV460, now available on order at PhP 1,828,000 at Changan dealerships nationwide.

Interested customers may also take a first-hand glimpse of the Eado EV 460 at the Changan Pavilion at the Manila International Auto Show on April 7 to 10, 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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All-new Honda HR-V to launch in PH on April 19

Reservations accepted starting April 1st

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Honda HR-V

An all-new model of Honda’s new generation Honda HR-V is set to arrive in the Philippines on April 19, 2022.

And starting on April 1, 2022, 37 dealerships nationwide will be ready to accept reservations.

The all-new Honda HR-V ranges from PhP 1,300,000 to PhP 1,600,000 in shall be available in two variants: S CVT and Turbo CVT.

Engine options are a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine for the S variant and a 1.5L VTEC Turbo engine for the V.

Customers may choose from four colors, depending on the variant: Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Premium Opal White Silver, and Meteoroid Gray Metallic.

State-of-the-art safety technology

Both variants of the all-new Honda HR-V come with HONDA SENSING, giving drivers access to the following safety features:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
  • Auto High-Beam (AHB)
  • Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)

Upgraded design

Among the upgraded features of the new HR-V when it comes to exterior and interior also include:

  • Newly-shaped headlights
  • Sporty grille
  • Sloping roofline
  • Unified tail lights
  • Infotainment system
  • New automatic air conditioning with air diffusion

Interested customers may inquire at any of the 37 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide, and start reserving on April 1, 2022.

The all-new HR-V will officially launch on April 19, 2022 at 2PM on Honda’s official Facebook page.

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