Continental, an automotive industry supplier is making a smartphone-based digital key that can be used to unlock and start a vehicle. Most of the premium cars have smart keys and this options, but the new digital key is next-gen.
The company has already made deals with several corporate customers to install adapters into their vehicles. This will allow them to send a digital key to an app that works with Bluetooth and can be later deleted after it is used. This technology will be a great relief for both fleet managers and rental car agencies.
An unidentified new model will feature this technology as a built-in, original equipment. Like we said, many manufacturers offer apps that allow owners to remotely unlock the car and start the engine, but still, they require a physical key to be present to actually drive away.
Mike Crane, Continental's North American vice president of body and security, predicts that both the digital and physical key will exist for the next decade or so, adding that ‘both will be the property of the car owner."