The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, which was just revealed a couple of weeks ago, debuts an all-new interior design and minor exterior tweaks for the new model year. But there are a few tech upgrades present in the newest Lincoln Nautilus as well, as Ford Authority has learned. Most notably, Lincoln’s Phone As A Key feature makes its debut on the 2021 Nautilus, which means that it’s now available on every model in the automaker’s lineup.
On the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, Phone As A Key is available on models equipped with the Reserve trim level, and standard equipment on the Black Label.
Phone As A Key debuted on the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, giving owners the ability to use their smartphone as a key to access the vehicle. It allows owners to lock and unlock, open the liftgate, and start and drive the vehicle, all without having to use a traditional key at all.
Phone As A Key offers additional functionality, too. Drivers can recall individual preferences for adjusting the seats, side mirrors, and steering column positions. Comfort and entertainment settings can be activated through the feature as well. If owners want to loan their Aviator to a family member or friend, the technology makes that equally effortless, as up to four “keys” are provided with each vehicle in addition to the standard smart key fobs.
Should a phone battery go dead, a passcode can be entered on the standard exterior keypad to gain entry, then a backup code can be entered on the center touch screen to start and drive the vehicle. If a phone is lost or stolen, Phone As A Key can be easily deleted as well, so owners don’t have to worry about enterprising thieves also making off with their vehicle.