The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), a group which brings together companies such as Apple, BMW, Samsung, and Volkswagen, have announced the final release of a standard Digital Key, in Release 2.0, which will be used for the digital key via the Near Field Communication (NFC). Rumor has it that the iPhone and the Apple Watch will have support for this technology by means of the CarKey.
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The mobile phone with a Digital Key to the 2.0 you’ll be able to open the door of the car and start the engine to drive away. This is a standard promise in the safety and privacy of a physical key, and you will have the option to require authentication through biometrics — fingerprint reader, or facial recognition for the feature to work.
By default, the Digital Key does not require authentication: you just have to bring the smartphone to the car and opened the door. For this reason, it is possible to share a key with friends and family with a message. It works without an internet connection, or when the battery needs to be replaced, but it is not the instrument to discharge it.
The digital key is stored on the Secure Element of the mobile phone: it’s the same chip that stores and encrypts your data, such as biometric and credit card information, providing increased security against attacks on the hardware or the software.
the iPhone and the Apple Watch will have a key to the car via the CarKey
In February, Philip, if appropriate, revealed by 9to5Mac that iOS, 13.4, had references to an API that is called, “CarKey”, to unlock the car and start the engine using either the iPhone or the Apple Watch. In accordance with the code of the iOS 14, to BMW, to be the first manufacturer to support this feature.
Users will be able to use the CarKey is in the cars that are compatible with NFC, bringing the device to the vehicle. You have the option to require a passcode, Touch ID, or the ID for increased security, it can be set up through the app Wallet.
It is interesting to note that the iPhone allows you to make payments direct to, for example, in the case of cards in public transport: the express mode does not require connection to the internet, but it does need to be plugged in.
The CCC advises that it is already developing a Digital Key, Release 3.0: this new version uses the Bluetooth Low-Energy and Ultra-Wideband switches, digital, passive, and location-aware.