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Digital Car Key Solution from G+D

Digital Car Key: our key to your success

Simple, easy to use and the ability to share. The advantages of the digital car key especially regarding usability are obvious. Although the physical key will stay for long time in parallel, the trend goes into digital. Our solution is user friendly, standard conform and fulfills the highest level of security. It is a central component of digitization in the automotive space and the world of connected cars. With our components you can give your customers a satisfying moment and great user experience.

The outlook for the global adoption of the digital car key is extremely positive, as consumers highly value the key's convenience.

At the same time, experts acknowledge that the speed of market adoption is volatile, mainly due to security concerns. Reports of remote-access hacking do little to establish trust in new technologies. Security should be a primary concern for any OEM wishing to offer digital vehicle entry and operation services.

End-to-end enablement with our Digital Car Key solution

With our solutions, you can safeguard your business against cyberattacks, assure your customers that the technology is safe to use, and protect your reputation. The most promising solution is from the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). Dedicated to cross-industry collaboration, the CCC develops global standards and solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. While the CCC Digital Key Release 2.0 specification leverages NFC, the new Digital Key Release 3.0 speciefies Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in combination with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) to enable passive keyless access and to allow secure and accurate positioning. As the winner of winner of the “ICCE Excellent Industrial Innovation Practice Award 2021" G+D also offers ICCE (Intelligent Car Connectivity Industry Ecosystem Alliance) compliant solutions for the Chinese market.

Our digital car key solution, G+D Digital Key®, provides a full end-to-end functional enablement and security management service. With it, automakers can launch car-access solutions through smartphones and related devices such as smartwatches or other wearables. Our solutions support all relevant wireless technologies: NFC, BLE and UWB, and enable functions like Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS), opening the trunk, or digital key sharing. Moreover, they are specifically designed to enable multi-person access via smartphone apps without compromising security.

G+D’s revolutionary Digital Key platform offers a number of benefits:

  • Usability: Our solution is simple, easy to use and offers the ability to share the car key with others.
  • Seamless integration: The Digital Car Key solution is easy to integrate into existing vehicle entry and built-in operation solutions and connected car systems of any vehicle manufacturer
  • Secure lifecycle management process: The complete integration into our service ensures that your car key service has a long lifespan.


  • Global access: The Embedded Secure Element (eSE), which is part of the in-vehicle electronic control unit, authenticates the mobile car key both within and outside cellular network coverage.
  • Full control: Entry can be issued on a permanent, per-session, or time-limited basis, and each key can be configured to activate only certain sections of the vehicle.
  • Commercial applications: Fleet management, concierge services, vehicle rental, or other businesses in the mobility sector are likely to find immediate benefit.
Infographic: key hierarchy of a digital car key solution
In the key hierarchy of a digital car key solution there is one master key, all other keys are derived.

Privilege of a mobile as key system:

  • Door unlock / lock
  • Trunk unlock / lock
  • Engine start
  • Validity start time
  • Validity end time
  • Shared / limited key issuing
  • Delete issued keys


Solution brief

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Secure, convenient, and scalable solutions for the automotive industry

Automakers can launch car-access solutions that have highest security standards and ensure vehicle and data security throughout the vehicle’s entire lifecycle. Manage automotive data and security and end-to-end car-access functionality with G+D Digital Key®.


Cover of Whitepaper: Digital Key

The road to secure and trusted car access

Security is a prime objective for any vehicle OEM offering digital entry and operation services. Our whitepaper gives you an overview of today’s keyless entry systems, and presents G+D’s security-by-design principle for its automotive digital key solution – creating confidence in secure and convenient car access.

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