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Digital Key Release 2.0 Specs Announced Ahead of Apple’s iPhone CarKey Feature

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According to a new press release from the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), its Digital Key Release 2.0 specification has been finalized and is now available to more than 70 member companies, including Apple, LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Audi, GM, BMW, Hyundai, NXP, Qualcomm, and Volkswagen.

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It was reported last month that BMW might be Apple’s first ‘CarKey’ iPhone partner by leveraging the NFC-based Digital Key standard which enables mobile devices to store, authenticate, and share Digital Keys for vehicles in a secure, privacy-preserving way.

“Digital Key Release 2.0 is the culmination of the efforts of our engaged membership from all relevant industries to deliver the future of vehicle access, today,” said Mahfuzur Rahman, president of the Apple-supported automotive consortium. 

He continued that the latest standard also forms the foundation for Digital Key Release 3.0 and beyond, which will add “even more user-friendly features.”

Vehicle owners will be able to leverage Digital Key Release 2.0 for the following capabilities:

  • Security and privacy equivalent to physical keys
  • Interoperability and user experience consistency across mobile devices and vehicles
  • Vehicle access, start, mobilization, and more
  • Owner pairing and key sharing with friends, with standard or custom entitlement profiles
  • Support for mobile devices in Battery Low Mode, where normal device operation is disabled

More information regarding Digital Key Release 2.0 is available here

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