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Hyundai introduces Smartphone-based Digital Keys

Hyundai introduces Smartphone-based Digital Keys

New Delhi, March 5, 2019Hyundai Motor Group on Monday announced that the company has developed a ‘Digital Key’, that allows multiple users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicle with their smartphones. 

The new Digital Key replaces the traditional physical key, and can be downloaded via an app and used by up to four authorized people, the company said in a release. 

Hyundai also informed that the Digital Key can be downloaded via a cell phone application and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to detect the presence of an authorised cell phone in close proximity to the vehicle door.

The NFC antenna for entry identification is located in the handles of the driver and front passenger’s doors, while 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 automatically adjusted – including controls for the head-up display and audio, video and navigation (ANV) systems as well as the position of seats, steering wheel and mirrors.

The  Digital Key can be used to control specific vehicle systems remotely via their smartphone. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication, users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the alarm and start the engine. In addition, once the vehicles with autonomous parking features are commercialized, such features are also expected to be remotely controlled.

Hyundai Motor Group aims to gradually implement the technology in its new Hyundai and Kia vehicles, starting later this year.