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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones
  2. L-Viz macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2017
    No Benz, no Porsche, thanks but Ill pass. But I am sure other customers will like it.
  3. Junior117 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    You'd think Tesla would be on top of this. But, it looks like that's not going to be the case. Welp. :/
  4. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Dont worry about Benz, Porsche, or Tesla. I'm sure they'll come out with their own standards and before long, well have 14 competing standards.
  5. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Pretty sure you can start and manage a Tesla from a phone already.
  6. m4mario macrumors member


    May 10, 2017
    San Francisco Bay Area
    The real benefit comes when this gets integrated into Apple watch, and it starts working as easy as Apple pay.
  7. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    Tesla missing from this list is rather circumspect considering that using a smart phone as a key is the primary means of access on their new Model 3.
  8. Nozuka macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2012
    No worries about Porsche, since VW is part of it.

    I'm just glad Apple is part of this too. Which means iPhones will likely get a proper integration, with focus on usability and security.
  9. dirt_farmer macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2018

    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.
  10. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Lead The Way!
    Looks useful, I figure car manufactures are going to make car models with and without the feature. Charging some hefty upgrade fee if you do want the version that has digital key.


    Also would be nice if car manufactures allowed older cars to incorporate this new technology as they are capable of it.
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  12. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    I’m pretty sure Steve Jobs never had an interest in building a car.
  13. fairuz, Jun 20, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Jose and Berkeley, CA
    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.
  14. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Or just a normal key will suffice - yet something else we didn't ask for yet it'll be an additional expense. If it's anything like the current crop of electronic keys how long before it's hacked?
  15. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Jose and Berkeley, CA
    Well there aren't any standards yet, so we have hope.
  16. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    That would save me $100/year. I only pay for Blue Link (OnStar) so that I can unlock my car in an emergency.
  17. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2013
    The real benefit comes when this gets integrated into a car you own, and it starts working as easy as Apple pay.
  18. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I’ve been driving VWs for years now, and on some of the VW forums members have been talking about this since 2015.

    Most of them are scared their GTI will get hacked lol
  19. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    When did Steve tell you he was building a car? When did Apple ever say ANYTHING concrete about ANY of that?
  20. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Seems like a pretty small group (1 U.S. automaker), but would be nice if they can get it done.
  21. John Beans macrumors newbie

    John Beans

    Apr 19, 2018
    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.
  22. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    I can't wait for the day all we'll need is our cellphone when getting out of the house; no more wallet and no more keys. :)
  23. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    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?
  24. ignatius345 macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2015
    Can't wait for "my phone died and since it was my keys and my wallet I'm completely screwed"

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