Use your iPhone to unlock your car

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 2 years ago

Car Connectivity Consortium has developed a new digital key standard that will allow users to unlock their cars via smartphone, according to 9to5Mac. The standard is backed by Apple, Samsung, LG, and Qualcomm, as well as several car manufacturers.

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), is an organization focused on enabling seamless mobile device-to-device connectivity, as stated by the company’s charter. The digital key is available to all CCC member companies, and the first standardized key allows drivers to download the digital key to their smart devices. to use with any vehicle.

The current version requires car dealers to transfer the digital key to your smart device, but the following release, 2.0, is thought to allow users to implement the technology themselves.

2.0 is slated for a first quarter release in 2019, and should provide a “standardized authentication protocol between the vehicle and smart device.” Audi is one dealer that already offers the digital key service, and VW will be implementing it soon.

Although some individual companies such as Tesla and Viper already offer their own smart device based locking systems, this is the first standardized digital key available. The standard is also backed by the NFC Forum. It is expected that many more car manufacturers will utilize the system in the near future.