Hyundai Develops NFC Based Smartphone Digital Key

Posted on Wed ,06 Mar 2019 2:02 pm
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Hyundai Develops NFC Based Smartphone Digital Key

The NFC based digital key technology will be implemented in new Hyundai and Kia vehicles later this year.

 

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development of a NFC based ‘Digital Key’ which will allow users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicles using just their smartphone. The Digital Key will replace the traditional physical key and will be available in new Hyundai and Kia vehicles later this year.

 

Users can download the Digital Key via an app and it can be used by up to four authorised people. The Near Field Communication (NFC) technology detects the presence of the authorised Digital Key-enabled smartphone in close proximity to the vehicle door. The NFC antenna for entry identification is located in the handles of the driver and front passenger’s doors, while the one for starting the engine is located within the wireless charging pad in the centre console. Users can start the engine by placing the smartphone on the wireless charging pad and pressing the engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.

 

The user’s preferred vehicle settings like the position of the mirrors, seats and the steering wheel, as well as controls for the audio, video and navigation systems and head-up display are stored in the vehicle. When the key is recognised, the settings are automatically adjusted.

 

Hyundai says that the Digital Key can be used to control selected vehicle systems remotely via the smartphone. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication, users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and also start the engine. Hyundai also says that once vehicle with autonomous parking features are commercialised, such features are also expected to be remotely controlled.

 

The vehicle owner can limit the duration of vehicle use or limit the use to only certain features when renting the vehicle. It can even be used to enable a courier to open the trunk to deliver a parcel. Once car sharing becomes popular, the Digital Key can be programmed to support vehicle rental where the owner and the driver won’t have to meet but can transfer the Digital Key via the smartphone app. The key can also be programmed to trigger an alarm when the vehicle exceeds a certain speed limit or travels outside a designated area.

 

“The Digital Key will benefit a very wide range of future Hyundai customers, as well as enabling innovative new schemes for vehicle sharing,” said Ho Yoo, Group Leader of Hyundai Motor Group’s Electronics Development Group. “We are studying other ways to harness this type of connected-car technology to greatly enhance the driving and ownership experience.”

 

Hyundai will also provide a standard smart key and car type key for situations where handing over a digital key is not feasible, like when using a valet service or visiting a repair shop.

 

There is no information yet if this Digital Key technology will be implemented on Hyundai and Kia’s Indian models anytime soon.



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