People tend to lose keys more than their smartphones. Therefore, nobody should be surprised by the fact that automotive companies and manufacturers of mobile chipsets are interested in a solution that will allow replacing keys by smartphones with NFC. The first such solution, the Digital Key 1.0 standard, is now available.

A few days ago, the CCC (Car Connectivity Consortium) consortium published the final version of the Digital Key 1.0 standard, which met with great interest from automotive companies. The new solution allows for safe replacement of car keys with a mobile device with an NFC module. Of course, whenever we talk about facilitating access to a car, we also wonder whether it is also a coincidence of a tribute to thieves. The high level of Digital Key security results from two factors. The first of these is, of course, fully encrypted communication between the car and the user’s device. The system was designed in such a way that the criminals could not use the previously captured messages. The second aspect is due to the small range of NFC modules. It is only 4 cm.

Digital Key will also make life easier for car rental companies

Automotive companies are interested in a new solution because it has many interesting practical applications. One of the distinguishing features of the Digital Key standard is the ability to generate virtual keys that are managed by the car owner. In this way, we can easily lend our vehicle to a friend or family member when we are on holiday. However, when the car is turned over, we can delete the previously created key. Car rental companies can work similarly.

Digital Key technology is currently used by Audi. Volkswagen is at the stage of testing a new solution and will soon make it available to its customers. The Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are also working on the implementation of the standard developed by the CCC consortium. The chipset manufacturers for mobile devices also work on the Digital Key standard. Partners include Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung and NXP.

Source: CCC