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.
“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.