Digital keys for automobiles
Unlocking your car with your smartphone and doing away with a bulky key is no longer the stuff of dreams. A consortium of automobile and smartphone builders recently published specifications for a digital key that would work on all phones and all cars. The group, called the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), includes Apple, LG and Samsung, as well as Volkswagen, Audi, General Motors and many other manufacturers. The CCC used existing technologies, like Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) infrastructure, to build a universal digital key. The role of the organisation is to bring everyone together to develop a standard technology to work across all models of phones and cars.