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2020 Lincoln Aviator Introduces Phone As A Key

When it launches next year, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be the first vehicle introduce an all-new feature called Phone As A Key. Just as it sounds, the Aviator will allow users to access their vehicle using a compatible smartphone as the key.

Lincoln Phone As A Key will be activated through the Lincoln Way app, and will allow owners to lock and unlock, open the liftgate, and most significantly, start and drive the vehicle—all without the use of a traditional key. That’s right, no physical key will be required to drive the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

Additional amenities are included with Phone As A Key, too. Drivers will be able to save and recall individual preferences such as seating position, mirror adjustments, and steering column positioning. Comfort and entertainment settings will also be able to me modified through the Lincoln Way app when utilizing Phone As A Key.

Never having to worry about carrying a physical key is now possible with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, but what if your smartphone battery should go dead? Lincoln has prepared for this, and says that users will be able to enter a passcode on the standard exterior keypad to gain entry. Once inside, a backup code can be entered on the center touchscreen to start and drive the vehicle.

In the tragic scenario that an owners phone is lost or stolen, Lincoln says that Phone As A Key can be easily deleted to maintain security and peace of mind.

What makes Phone As A Key the ultimate new convenience feature in the 2020 Aviator is the ability to share the vehicle. If owners want to loan their Aviator friend or family member, Phone As A Key can act as up to four keys. So, in addition to the physical key that owners will receive when purchasing the new Aviator, four more virtual keys will be included in the sale.

Stay tuned to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news and Lincoln Aviator news coverage.

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. Raymond Ramirez

    I prefer a regular key or fob as I don’t carry my phone most of the time on me when I drive. I can drive without a phone but I cannot drive without a car.

    1. cdba

      totally agree with you. plus, i would add that occasionally my phone’s screen would freeze. so when it happens when i need to unlock the car, i would be the most unfortunate person in the world.

      1. Randy

        Would be nice if people actually read (and comprehended) the article. As it says, you can access the car and drive it with a passcode if your phone is dead or simply not with you.

  2. Lance

    I think this is amazing. Been waiting for this a long time.


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