Digital car keys

Turning smartphones into convenient and flexible car keys

Digital car keys IDEMIA

To provide more convenient and flexible ways to access vehicles, carmakers are offering digital car keys—dematerializing physical car keys into smartphones.

Digital key solutions enable car access and engine start with a mobile device. Also called “phone-as-a-key” solutions, they allow car owners to easily share digital keys, and to restrict car usage if needed. These solutions address the constantly growing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) market by simplifying the process of vehicle’s pick-up and drop-off for car sharing and car rental services.

IDEMIA’s cloud-based digital car key solutions allow carmakers to manage digital key generation and distribution workflows with secure storage of keys on iOS or Android smartphones. The solutions can use NFC on the smartphone-to-vehicle interface or enable hands-free vehicle access using Bluetooth (BLE).

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  • Unlock new use cases

    Digital car keys allow car owners to access their vehicle using their smartphone and share digital keys with customized restrictions.

  • Enable customized experience

    A digital car key can be associated with a driver’s profile to activate customized settings before getting into the car (seat and mirror positions, radio, etc.).

  • Sustain MaaS growth

    Car rental and car sharing companies can remotely manage access to their fleet of cars to provide a simplified experience for customers.

  • Cloud first approach with modular architecture
  • Easy-to-integrate set of APIs to interface with the carmaker’s backend
  • iOS and Android SDKs to be integrated in carmaker’s mobile app
  • Support of privately-owned vehicles and Mobility-as-a-Service use cases
  • Enables Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) user experience
  • End-to-end security including secure provisioning and storage of the digital key on phones

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