Samsung will turn the phone into a digital key

Samsung has announced a partnership with Audi, BMW, Ford and Hyundai to turn the phone into a digital key. This feature will be available starting this summer.

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More importantly, the digital key will not only be available to Samsung phone users, but also to iPhone and other phone brands. This is because Samsung is part of a consortium that defines the basis of this type of communication between the car and mobile devices. It also includes, in addition to Apple and other manufacturers, the FiRa Consortium and the Car Connectivity Consortium. Users will even be able to carry their digital key between several phones, regardless of the manufacturer or platform.

The digital key system will work either on the basis of the NFC system (as in the case of payments by phone) or on the basis of the much more advanced UWB protocol. It is not yet supported by many car or phone manufacturers, but allows superior functionality.

Samsung will turn the phone into a digital key. How the new technology works

UWB, or Ultra-Wideband, is a digital radio technology with a wide bandwidth and short range, which is characterized by an extremely precise location with the highest possible security. UWB technology will allow the extremely precise location of the car in a parking lot.

According to Samsung, the new digital key together with UWB technology will allow the car to be opened automatically “when you get to the car, not earlier, not later”. When using NFC, the user will need to take the phone out of their pocket and bring it closer to the machine, just like in the case of a payment by phone.

For cars that have UWB, compatible Samsung phones will offer an AR application that will allow you to locate the car in a crowded parking lot.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 already support UWB, as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Note 20 Ultra and the new S21 Ultra and S21 Plus models. Apple will launch its own version of the digital key, which will initially support the NFC standard in the case of the BMW 5 Series. BMW recently announced that it will support UWB via the Digital Key Plus, available on the future iX electric model.

source: The Verge

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