The future of digital car keys: Q&A with Car Connectivity Consortium vice president Daniel Knobloch

Vehicle manufacturers across the world are now working to bring contactless car keys that work seamlessly on both Apple and Android devices to all makes and models of both privately-owned and commercial vehicles, Daniel Knobloch, vice president of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and wireless systems architect at BMW of North America, tells NFCW editor Sarah Clark in this audio interview.

Car Connectivity Consortium logoThe Car Connectivity Consortium is a cross-industry organization which counts many of the world’s vehicle manufacturers amongst its members and is responsible for developing smartphone-to-car connectivity solutions including digital keys.

In this interview for Contactless World Congress, Knobloch answers questions about the Car Connectivity Consortium’s standards and how they support NFC and ultra wideband (UWB) in combination with Bluetooth LE, the use cases and benefits of digital keys and the current state of market readiness.

Knobloch also discusses the importance of interoperability, exceptional user experience, and security in the development of digital keys and explains that the adoption of digital keys by vehicle manufacturers is being driven by the ability to deliver a superior user experience.

Sharing digital keys between both Apple and Android device owners is of particular importance, he adds, not just among friends or family members but also for car rental applications and emerging use cases including enhanced mobility services.

The main focus of the CCC’s work is now on interoperability, he adds, with Apple, BMW, Google, and Samsung as well as Hyundai, Continental and Rivian all having participated in a recent Plugfest to test device and vehicle compatibility.

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