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What is a digital key and how will it be used by the automotive industry –

With digital keys steadily gaining ground, a consortium of car and smartphone manufacturers are working to ensure their users can trust this new technology to be secure and work across multiple devices.

Το Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) που περιλαμβάνει τις μεγαλύτερες αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίες (Ford, GM, BMW, Honda, Hyundai Mercedes-Benz) καθώς και κατασκευαστές κινητών τηλεφώνων (Apple, Samsung και ) ανακοίνωσε ένα πρόγραμμα πιστοποίησης για ψηφιακά κλειδιά που χρησιμοποιούν «επικοινωνία κοντινού πεδίου» (Near Field Communication).

NFC-equipped phones will be able to touch a car's door handle to unlock it, instead of using a key.

The CCC digital key certification aims to establish a "global compatibility of products and services for a seamless experience ... regardless of car or device," the consortium says.

Certificate that the device has all the standards

Car and phone manufacturers submit their products for testing to the CCC to ensure they meet all safety, security and interoperability criteria. If they pass, they receive a certificate to assure consumers that the device meets all CCC digital key standards.

"CCC digital key certification is a critical piece we needed to make a universal standard possible," said Glen , technical director of the Car Connectivity Consortium. "Certification not only reinforces a product as trusted, but also validates that the product will work seamlessly with other CCC  solutions in the ecosystem."

Certification is only for devices using NFC technology.

The certification process

The CCC has just formed a working group with the FiRa Consortium, a non-profit organization that supports wireless technologyης μεταβίβασης, Ultra Wideband (UWB) και περιλαμβάνει την Apple, την Google, τη Cisco, τη Samsung, την Qualcomm και άλλες as members.

Through this process, the two groups hope to develop a certification process for UWB, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

Unlike NFC, UWB and BLE allow for passive entry and start, meaning users don't need to tap to unlock and can use their devices from a greater distance. This means you can keep your phone in your pocket to unlock and start your car – just like some modern key fobs and key cards. Most modern smartphones are equipped with all three technologies.



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