Advocates for global technologies for smartphone-centric car connectivity solutions, The Car Connectivity Consortium has announced the publication of the Digital Key Release 1.0 specification.
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is an organisation that focuses on enabling seamless mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity.
According to Telematics News this first standardised solution enables drivers to download the digital key onto their smart devices and use it for any vehicle and will be available to all CCC member companies.
Telematics News said that the Digital Key specification was developed in order to create a robust ecosystem around interoperable digital key use cases, including allowing drivers to lock, unlock, start the engine, and share access to their car – all from their smart devices.
The Release 1.0 specification provides a generalised deployment method that allows vehicle OEMs to securely transfer a digital key implementation to a smart device, using an existing Trusted Service Manager (TSM) infrastructure. By leveraging NFC distance bounding and a direct link to the secure element of the device, CCC is assuring the highest state-of-the-art security level for vehicle access.
CCC has said that it has begun work on the Digital Key Release 2.0 specification. This specification is under development in collaboration between CCC’s charter member companies including Apple, Audi, BMW, General Motors, HYUNDAI, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, and Volkswagen, and core members including ALPS ELECTRIC, Continental Automotive GmbH, DENSO, Gemalto, NXP, and Qualcomm Incorporated.
Targeted for completion in Q1 2019, CCC hopes that Release 2.0 will provide a standardised authentication protocol between the vehicle and smart device. By joining forces, Release 2.0 will aims to deliver a fully scalable solution to reduce development costs for adopters and ensure interoperability between different smart devices and vehicles.