Hyundai is introducing a new Digital Key that allows drivers to unlock and start their cars via smartphone. The brand aims to implement the new technology into its lineup starting with the next-gen 2020 Hyundai Sonata which makes its debut at this year’s New York Auto Show
Hyundai Digital Key
The Digital Key can be downloaded via a cell phone application and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology detects the presence of an authorized Digital Key-enabled cellphone in close proximity to the vehicle door. It can be used by up to four authorized people.
The NFC antenna for entry identification is located in the handles of the driver and front passenger's doors, whilst one for starting the engine is located within the wireless charging pad.
After unlocking the vehicle, the user can start the engine by placing the smartphone on the wireless charging pad in the center console and pressing an engine Start/Stop button on the dashboard.
The user's preferred vehicle settings are stored in the vehicle. When the key is recognized those settings are adjusted automatically – including the position of mirrors, seats and the steering wheel, as well as controls for the audio, video and navigation (AVN) systems and head-up display.
Digital Key Functions
Drivers can also use the key to lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and start the engine. It can even be used to enable a courier to open the trunk to deliver a parcel.
Once the vehicles with autonomous parking features are commercialized, drivers will be able to park their car via remote control. Once car sharing becomes more widespread, the Digital Key will be further programmed to support hassle free vehicle rental where the owner and the driver won't have to meet but can transfer the Digital Key via the cell phone application.
In the future, Hyundai also plans to integrate an alarm that would be triggered when the vehicle exceeds a defined speed or travels outside a designated area.
Valet, Repair Shops
For cases such as using a valet service or visiting a repair shop, where handing over a digital key is not feasible, a conventional smart key and card type key are also provided.
NFC Radio Frequency
NFC is a form of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which boasts a high level of security. The NFC wireless data communication takes place only when the device and the reader are placed several centimeters apart.