The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization driving global technologies for phone-centric car connectivity solutions, announced the publication of a white paper outlining the standard-based solution for using smart devices as digital keys for cars. The white paper describes the current status of the “Digital Key” project. The abundance of smart devices in the market and the similarity of the usages of these devices as keys that many companies are investigating is the driving force for the technical standardization of the underlying technology in CCC. The white paper describes how existing standard technologies, such as Global Platform, GSMA, Bluetooth and NFC can be used to define a standard for using smart devices as digital keys for cars.
CCC’s white paper describes a number of use cases and security requirements. The guiding principle for using smart devices as car keys is the convenience and ease of use for the consumer. The digital key is not intended to completely replace the traditional car key at least in the initial phase, but rather would be an enhancement and convenience function for the consumer. The usage scenarios addressed in the project include locking/unlocking/starting a car, provisioning of keys, sharing of keys, etc. In addition, the white paper describes a high level overview of the architecture and how existing standards fit into this architecture. CCC’s unique position as an organization with representatives from all segments of the connected car ecosystem offers automakers and mobile handset vendors a forum for the industry to simplify implementation of an ecosystem for the digital key standard.
The board of directors of CCC acknowledged the importance of the digital key solution since inception of the project in June 2016. The board of directors of CCC is comprised of representative from the following companies: General Motors, Volkswagen, Daimler, RealVNC, HTC, PSA, Honda, LG Electronics, Hyundai, Alpine, Toyota, Panasonic, and Samsung.