Apple and Samsung joined together to make your phone the key to your car
The Car Connectivity Consortium, integrated by Apple and Samsung and 70 other companies, want to create a digital key in your smartphone.
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization specialized in communication standardization made up of more than 70 companies such as Apple, Samsung, BMW and LG, announced the launch of the Digital Key specification, a digital key for smartphones that allows them to be used as control of the vehicle.
The Digital Key 1.0 will be available to all the manufacturers that make up the consortium, in this way they will be able to test this system with their cars of the future and work on compatibility with smart phones, depending on the category of each company involved.
The CCC specializes in communication between mobile devices and vehicles, and says that this first specification was designed to create a robust ecosystem that allows users to control their car - such as removing or putting insurance, starting the engine or sharing access - from the smartphone.
The Digital Key standard works by means of an NFC connection at a short distance between the device and the vehicle. The CCC says that the interest in the first standard has been greater than expected, so it already works in version 2.0 with Apple, Audi, BMW, GM, Hyundai, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and others.
"I am excited by the incredible response we have received from the industry towards our Digital Key solution, with new members coming together to help increase the adoption and development of the specification," Mahfuzur Rahman, president of the CCC, said in the statement. "We are already seeing some products that take advantage of the first version, and we believe that the second version will have a greater impact on the industry as we meet the needs to scale the project massively."
While the first standard will allow manufacturers to begin testing, the second standard, which CCC expects to have ready in the first quarter of 2019, will help reduce costs for partners and improve compatibility between various brands of phones and cars.