developed a smartphone-based digital key that can be used to unlock and start a car without a physical key or FOB.
The feature is being built in to new Hyundai and Kia vehicles starting later
The digital key app can be downloaded to a smartphone and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology detects the presence of an authorized digital key on a phone close to the car
The NFC antenna is in the handles of the driver and passenger front doors and one for starting the car is in the wireless charging pad. To start the car, the driver places their
smartphone on the wireless charging pad in the center console and presses the engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.
The digital key can be used for additional functions via Bluetooth,
such as locking and unlocking the doors remotely, activating the alarm and starting the engine. Once vehicles with autonomous parking features are commercialized, they also are expected to be remotely
controlled via the digital key, according to Hyundai.
“We are studying other ways to harness this type of connected-car technology to greatly enhance the driving and ownership
experience,” stated Ho Yoo, group leader of Hyundai Motor Group’s Electronics Development Group.
For using a valet service or repair shop where handing over a digital key is not
feasible, a conventional car key is also provided.