Open your car simply with your smartphone, without any key. If several manufacturers already offer this process to their customers, it should become more widespread in the coming years. The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) released this June 20 final features of the Digital Key Release 1.0 that will standardize the system.
The standard will certainly have weight in the market since it brings together important players; Automotive Manufacturers, Electronics Companies, and OEMs: Audi, BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, Apple, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Volkswagen, Alps Electric, Continental, DENSO, Gemalto, NXP, and Qualcomm.
Easier to lend your car to a friend
The purpose of the maneuver is to create a “robust ecosystem” and interoperable between all smartphones and cars designed by these partners. This will allow the driver to lock and unlock their vehicle, start it, and share that access with others. Convenient when you want to lend your car and even more convenient for renters who must daily manage the access of new drivers to their fleets of vehicles.
They will need only their smartphone that will identify without contact with the vehicle through the NFC. All data will be stored in secure chips included in smartphones, in the manner of Apple’s Secure Enclave which contains the identification data (fingerprints, face) of its owner.
The NFC of the iPhone more only reserved for Apple Play
The CCC continues its work and plans to release version 2.0 of its Digital Key Release in the first quarter of 2019. It will define all the communication protocols between vehicles and smartphones. For the moment, no exact date is defined as to the entry into the function of the standard.
This is good news for iPhone owners whose NFC has until now only been used for Apple Pay. With iOS 12, we can, for example, embark on smartphones at the apple key to his hotel room.