peapod keyProving once again that the iPhone and iPod Touch are capable of just about anything, Chrysler is going to let you start a car with them.

Chrysler is launching a new electric car next year called the Peapod.  While the car is pretty standard for the electric market (30 miles at 25 mph off of an 8 hour charge), its integration with the iPhone and iPod Touch are fairly different.  You place your device in the dashboard dock, and from the custom app you will be able to monitor information about your car, see how efficently you are using it, play music and so on.

Where it gets really odd is that the brochure for the car makes mention that you can use your favorite gadget as a key to start the car.  It doesn’t go into great detail on how this will work, just that it exists.  It does also mention that you can use your traditional key if you choose to, and we say “thank goodness for that!”  Imagine trying to call your spouse and explain, “Honey, I can’t come home yet, my iPhone ran out of power and I can’t start the car without it.”  Somehow we don’t imagine that would fly too well as an excuse.

The Peapod is due for release sometime next year.

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