BMW Group ushers in next digital key generation
The BMW Group took a leading role in the seamless integration of smart devices and the customers’ digital ecosystem in the early stages.
Providing customers with simple, connected and “keyless” access to their vehicles has been a key area of innovation. Today, it is already possible to lock and unlock the vehicle, start the engine and share the key with others using the BMW Digital Key as part of BMW Connected on the smartphone.
But this is only the first step in a global technological transformation. The second generation (release 2.0) of an NFC-based digital key ecosystem has been announced for late 2019.
A key feature is the use of a security chip that works separately from the smartphone operating system. This means it also works if the smartphone cannot be started anymore, because the battery is too low.
In the near future, Digital Key specification will be enhanced by the ultra-wideband (UWB)-based release 3.0. This will offer maximum anti-theft protection and enable precise localisation between the device and the vehicle.
As a result, the mobile phone must no longer be held directly up to the door handle to unlock the car, but can conveniently be left in the pocket.