Putting the key in the car to start it is already an anachronism in many models, but that revolution could soon be added another: to turn our smartphone into the system to unlock and start the car.
The idea had already been implemented by some manufacturers such as Tesla, but now a consortium of car and mobile manufacturers has created the Digital Key 1.0 standard with which they precisely want to achieve a universal specification for this type of solution.
The smartphone as a key will arrive, but there is still time
The so-called Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced the publication of that first specification for a system that will allow ” download the digital key in their smart devices and use it in any vehicle.”
Among the companies participating in that consortium are Samsung, LG, Apple, BMW, Hyundai, Volkswagen or General Motors , but there are up to 75 technology and automotive brands involved in an effort that could effectively achieve a unique and standard solution in this area.
As expected, this specification focuses mainly on the field of security, so that it is (practically) impossible for anyone to open our car through some kind of vulnerability. The system makes use of NFC technology , for example, as part of those mechanisms of connectivity with the automobile.
We will still need some time to have these digital keys to open our vehicles because both mobile and car manufacturers will have to implement support in their systems, and in fact we are already talking about a future 2.0 specification that will be aimed at offering greater interoperability between mobile phones and cars in the first quarter of 2019.