Samsung Electronics announced on September 30 that Galaxy users will be able to use their smartphone as a digital car key for the first time with the new luxury electric vehicle, Genesis GV60.
With the Samsung Digital Key, powered by NFC and Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, Galaxy users will be able to securely lock and unlock their car with their smartphone, and even share the key securely with their friends and family. family.
At its Galaxy S21 Unpacked event earlier this year, Samsung announced a series of partnerships with automakers. The Genesis GV60 will become the first vehicle to showcase the innovative new technology when it launches in September, starting with Korea.
Samsung’s digital key is powered by advanced UWB technology, a short-range wireless communication protocol that uses radio waves to operate, much like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
However, the UWB transmits radio waves at a much higher frequency, enabling spatial awareness and very precise directional capabilities that allow mobile devices to better understand their surroundings.
UWB allows passive entry, so you can say goodbye to rummaging through your pockets and bags for your keys. You will be able to lock and unlock your car, start the engine, open the trunk and even activate personalized settings such as adjusting the position of your seat and your mirrors before entering the car, all via your smartphone and without pressing. on a button.
If you lend your car to a friend or family member for a short time, you can easily share the digital key and even set a time limit during which the shared key will be available to them.
The solution uses Samsung’s Integrated Secure Element (eSE), designed to protect your most sensitive information and encryption keys, so you never have to worry about your keys falling into the wrong hands.
The precision of UWB technology also allows potential relay attacks, where the radio signal is scrambled or intercepted. Samsung’s digital key fully complies with the digital key standard as defined by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), of which Samsung was a driving member.
“We are proud to partner with Genesis as part of our mission to create exciting new mobile experiences that can make people’s daily lives easier,” said TM Roh, president and chief operating officer of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics. “As we continue to advance mobile technology like UWB, our priority now is to bring these new experiences to as many people as possible, working with our trusted ecosystem partners. ”
“GV60 will set the bar for luxury electric vehicles representing the electrification of the Genesis brand,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of the R&D division at Hyundai Motor Group. “The partnership with Samsung Electronics will strengthen our efforts to provide truly differentiated experiences for our customers interacting with Genesis vehicles.
Samsung’s digital key will be available in NFC and UWB with the Genesis GV60 initially in Korea by the end of this year. The UWB digital key is compatible with Galaxy S21 + and Ultra, Note20 Ultra and Z Fold 2 and 3.
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