With This Digital Key, Almost Any Smartphone Will Double As Your Car Key

car connectivity consortium digital key

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced the launch of a Digital Key Release 1.0 specification, a standard that will allow you to unlock your car with your own smartphone, no matter the brand.

The organization, which includes companies like Apple, Samsung, and Panasonic, wants to unite both mobile device makers and automotive manufacturers so that they can adopt a universal digital key standard.

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Using NFC, drivers will be able to unlock their cars, start the engine or even share access by simply using their smartphone, a feature that’s already found in cars like Tesla’s.

“The CCC’s standards-based Digital Key Specification demonstrates how NFC technology’s widespread availability, convenience, and ease of use enable a breakthrough solution,” said Paula Hunter, Executive Director of the NFC Forum.

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As for car makers, the CCC has in its ranks companies like Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Volkswagen and General Motors.

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