Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization that includes Apple, today announced the publication of a new Digital Key Release 1.0 specification, which is a standardized solution designed to let drivers download a digital vehicle key onto their smartphones.

Described as an organization focused on enabling seamless mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity, the CCC's new Digital Key Release specification is available to all member companies.


In addition to Apple, this includes charter member companies Audi, BMW, General Motors, HYUNDAI, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, and Volkswagen, plus core members like ALPS ELECTRIC, Continental Automotive GmbH, DENSO, Gemalto, NXP, and Qualcomm Incorporated.

The new Digital Key specification, which uses NFC, was developed to create a "robust ecosystem" around interoperable digital key use cases. It will let drivers lock, unlock, start the engine, and share access to their cars using smart devices like the iPhone with reliable user authentication methods.

It is a secure system that lets vehicle manufacturers transfer a digital key implementation to a smart device using a Trusted Service Manager infrastructure that leverages NFC distance bounding and a direct link to the secure element of the device. This kind of technology has a wide range of uses, such as car sharing and car rentals, along with key-free operation.

Given the interest in the initial release, the CCC has begun work on a Digital Key 2.0 specification that will offer a standardized authentication protocol between a vehicle and a smart device, ensuring interoperability between different smart devices and vehicles. The Digital Key 2.0 specification has a target completion date of Q1 2019.

Several car manufacturers, such as Audi, already offer Digital Key services to their customers, while others, like Volkswagen, plan to implement the feature in the near future.

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Junior117

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In addition to Apple, this includes charter member companies Audi, BMW, General Motors, HYUNDAI, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, and Volkswagen, plus core members like ALPS ELECTRIC, Continental Automotive GmbH, DENSO, Gemalto, NXP, and Qualcomm Incorporated.

You'd think Tesla would be on top of this. But, it looks like that's not going to be the case. Welp. :/
 
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dirt_farmer

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LOL

Steve was going to build AN ENTIRE CAR and Tim...worked with a consortium to define a specification for an app.

Hard hitting stuff. World-changing.

I predict that this will be the iPod of the 2020's.
 

fairuz

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Would be really nice if they nailed it. Major security benefits: Touch ID, giving temporary access to people, not susceptible to replay attacks like dumb IR keys. No more digging bulky keys out of my pocket (would still carry them though as backup). And once that link is established, other things like car alarm notifications can follow.

Only downside is the key is cool if you have a nice car, or even if you don't, but I guess you can have a keychain decoration for that instead.
 
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Sasparilla

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Seems like a pretty small group (1 U.S. automaker), but would be nice if they can get it done.
 

John Beans

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Works great on my Tesla Model 3. No more $200 key replacements. Does require a backup (e.g. if your phone dies or is lost or stolen), in Tesla's case an NFC card you keep in your wallet.

Only drawback is that when you then drive an older car, you tend to walk away from it unlocked with the motor running. Has happened to me multiple times.
 

entropys

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So, let’s say you have a big night on the grog, and climb into your car to sleep it off. If you don’t have a key but gain access with your smartphone, can the police charge you with being in charge of a vehicle under the influence?
 
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