Hyundai Motor Group today announced it will collaborate with smartphone platform companies to allow a wider variety of iOS and Android phone users to gain digital access to Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brand vehicles via the Digital Key 2 convenience feature.

Previously, it was not possible to share digital keys for Hyundai, Kia or Genesis vehicles between iOS and Android-based smartphones, but the expanded service now allows more users to unlock, lock and start compatible vehicles using select Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel devices. Select phones can even automatically unlock the car when the user walks up to it, eliminating the need to hold the smartphone against the driver's door handle.

The Hyundai Group has reorganized the way Digital Key 2 is provided through the manufacturer's app to expand compatibility. The service will be extended to other smartphone manufacturers in the future.

This development reflects how intermediation is now handled by phone manufacturers. As the number of phone and car manufacturers increase, the process has become more complicated. Therefore, the method has been changed to one where phone manufacturers have their own servers, simplifying the process.

This new feature is available on all new Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles equipped with Digital Key 2. Older, similarly-equipped models will be able to take advantage of this feature with a software update. Cross-platform sharing will initially be available for compatible Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones, with other models to follow.

Device-to-device sharing can be enabled by updating the smartphone to the latest version, or by deleting previously used car keys and re-registering the new keys before use.

“We were the first in the automotive industry to offer Apple and Samsung’s contactless Digital Key 2 feature when we launched it on the Genesis GV60,” said Hyung Ki Ahn, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Electronics Development Center. “Through active collaboration with our partners in the smartphone industry, we will continue to enhance customer experience and security around car connectivity.”

Source: Hyundai Motor

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