A new working group has been formed to develop standards for using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to unlock and start cars with iPhones. The group includes Apple, Samsung, and other tech and auto companies. The goal is to create safe and reliable standards that everyone can utilize. (via. The Verge)
UWB is a short-range wireless technology that is more precise than Bluetooth and can be used to track objects indoors. This makes it ideal for car keys, as it can be used to unlock and start a car even if the phone is not in direct line of sight of the car.
The working group is still in its early stages, but it has already made some progress. In September, the group released a draft of a proposed standard for UWB car keys. The standard is based on the Car Connectivity Consortium’s (CCC) Digital Key Release 3.0 specification.
The CCC is a group of automakers and tech companies that is working to develop standards for car connectivity. The CCC’s Digital Key Release 3.0 specification is a set of guidelines for how to use smartphones as car keys.
The working group’s proposed standard is based on the CCC’s specification, but it also includes some additional features. For example, the working group’s standard includes a feature that allows users to remotely unlock and start their cars.
The working group is hoping to finalize the standard by the end of the year. Once the standard is finalized, it will be up to automakers and tech companies to implement it. It is still too early to say when UWB car keys will become widely available. However, the formation of this working group is a positive step towards making this technology a reality.
Here are some of the benefits of using UWB car keys:
- Convenience: UWB car keys will allow people to unlock and start their cars without taking their phones out of their pockets.
- Security: UWB is a secure technology that is difficult to hack.
- Accuracy: UWB is a very precise technology that can be used to track objects indoors.
The development of UWB car keys is a positive development that will make it easier and more convenient for people to get around.