Hyundai has announced that it will develop a digital key, which will allow users not only to open the doors of their vehicle but also to block, set the alarm or start the engine through the mobile phone. When replacing a traditional physical key, the new digital key can be downloaded through an application and used by up to four authorized people. This digital solution would be ready this year for some Hyundai models such as Sonata and Kia in some markets.
Thanks to the technology of near field communication (NFC), the presence of the mobile phone enabled with the authorized digital key is detected near the door of the vehicle. The NFC antenna for the entrance identification is located on the driver's and front passenger's door handles, while the one that starts the engine is arranged on a wireless charging platform, the brand said in a statement.
After unlocking the vehicle, the user can start the engine by placing the smartphone on the wireless charging platform in the center console and pressing the engine start / stop button on the instrument panel.
The user's preferred vehicle configuration is stored in the vehicle. When the key is recognized, those settings are automatically adapted, including the position of the mirrors, seats and steering wheel, as well as the controls for audio, video and navigation (AVN) systems and the top display screen.
The Hyundai digital key can be used to control selected vehicle systems remotely through your smartphone. Via Bluetooth low energy communication (BLE), users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and start the engine. In addition, once the vehicles with autonomous parking characteristics are commercialized, it is also expected that said characteristics will be controlled remotely.
Adaptable to each user
The level of access to the different functions of the vehicle can be adapted to each user, for a defined period. The owner of the vehicle can preset the duration of use of the vehicle or limit the use to only certain functions when renting the vehicle. For example, it can even be used to allow a messenger to open the trunk to deliver a package.
Once car sharing becomes widespread, the digital key will be programmed to be compatible with car rental without problems, where the owner and the driver will not have to meet, but can transfer the digital key through the application of the cell phone.
In addition to facilitating the inclusion of a Hyundai vehicle in a car sharing program, in the future, the digital key will be further enhanced to allow functions such as an alarm to be activated when the vehicle exceeds a defined speed.
Hyundai Motor Group aims to gradually implement the technology in its new production cars, starting with the next generation of Sonata, which will make its debut in the United States at the New York Hall. "The digital key will benefit a wide range of future Hyundai customers, in addition to enabling innovative vehicle sharing schemes," said Ho Yoo, group leader of Electronics Development at Hyundai Motor Group.