Keyless entry is one of those tiny tricks that many car owners cherish and there is no doubting that with the development of this technology, our smartphones will almost certainly replace keys. However, this need for development has also given rise to concerns about the security of the vehicle and if a smartphone could be considered reliable enough for the security of an auto.
These concerns have urged the automobile Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to develop a dedicated standard for locking or unlocking automobiles. Called the”Digital Key Release 1.0″, the standard is aimed at letting owner use virtual keys to unlock or start their vehicles and even share vital stats about their rides with others including other drivers.
One of those largest focus areas of the standard is safety. The very first version details specifications which can be set up by automakers for transmitting data safely from smartphones to cars (and vice-a-versa). The protocol in the center of the electronic keys is called Trusted Service Manager (TSM) that is backed by features including NFC space boundary, meaning the car will only be unlocked when the smartphone is in close range, preferably your pocket or bag.
The smartphone companies which collaborated for the launch of the specification include Apple, Samsung, Panasonic, LG.
The Consortium intends to roll out the second variant of these specifications by the first quarter of 2019. These updated specifications will treat cars as smart apparatus and apply the same protocol which is used for secure data transfer between smart devices.
“We’re already seeing products in the market that are leveraging Release 1.0, and I believe that the forthcoming Digital Key Release 2.0 will have an even bigger impact on the industry as we meet needs for massive scalability,” said Mahfuzur Rahman, the President of CCC.