Specs Outlined For ‘Smart Phone As A Car Key’ Solution

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has completed the Phase One of the Digital Key specification, that documents the state-of-the-art of commercially available Digital Key solutions. ‘Digital Key’ specification represents an industry milestone for an interoperable solution that enables smart devices like smartphones and smartwatches to act as a digital key for any vehicle, allowing drivers to lock, unlock, start the engine and share access to the car.

This technology can be used – for example – for car sharing and rental cars, where the car key can be easily transferred in advance to the driver through their Smart Phone.

Digital Key leverages existing standards-based interoperable technologies from GlobalPlatform, GSMA, Bluetooth SIG and NFC Forum. A cross-industry task team of automotive, smartphone and technology supplier companies develops the specification, including Audi, BMW, Continental, Gemalto, LG Electronics, NXP, Panasonic, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, and Volkswagen.

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“To date, there are a few proprietary solutions available for using a smart device as a digital car key. However, by constraining the digital key to only work between specific smartphones and cars, the use cases are limited. By delivering an interoperable solution, CCC is enabling a richer ecosystem that supports a transfer of the Digital Key amongst devices and drivers and enables new use cases for fleet management, car rental, and car-sharing companies”, CCC noted.

The Phase One specification is undergoing final member review and will be made available to all CCC members in Q2’2018.

More information: https://carconnectivity.org/press-release/car-connectivity-consortium-achieves-milestone-delivering-smart-phone-car-key-solution/

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