Apple Backed Consortium Publishes 'Digital Key' Specification for Vehicles

Apple Backed Consortium Publishes 'Digital Key' Specification for Vehicles

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The Apple backed Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has published the first release specification for a Digital Key that would allow drivers to lock, unlock, and start their vehicles from smart devices.

● 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 generalized 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.
● As the Release 1.0 specification provides a first standardized solution, the CCC has had a number of new member companies join the organization that believe in the Digital Key vision and future.
● Given extensive interest from automotive and smartphone manufacturers as well as the supplier ecosystem, CCC 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, Release 2.0 will provide a standardized authentication protocol between the vehicle and smart device. By joining forces, Release 2.0 will deliver a fully scalable solution to reduce development costs for adopters and ensure interoperability between different smart devices and vehicles.

“I’m excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from the industry to our standardized Digital Key solution, with new members signing up to help drive adoption and specification development,” said Mahfuzur Rahman, President, CCC. “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. I’m enjoying this exciting journey with the CCC community as we change the way that drivers access any vehicle, and add further to the key functions that smart devices enable in our lives.”

● Unlock the Vehicle – Smart device in vehicle’s proximity
● Lock the Vehicle
● Start the Engine – Smart device within vehicle
● User Authentication
● Digital Key Provisioning
● Digital Key Revocation
● Selling the Vehicle
● Digital Key Sharing – Remote & Peer-to-Peer
● Digital Key Properties – Restricting (shared) key usage

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Apple Backed Consortium Publishes 'Digital Key' Specification for Vehicles