The Digital Car Key

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Digital Car Keys poised for strong growth

With user adoption of digital access technologies rising around the globe, the car key is no exception to this trend: over the last 5 years, the use of keyless and fob entry for vehicles experienced exponential growth. By 2020, Technavio predicts a market growth of 11% with 1.93 million units implemented each year.

The outlook on global adoption is extremely positive as consumers highly value the Digital Car Key's convenience. At the same time, experts see that market adoption speed is volatile to concerns around security. Reports of vehicles being ‘hacked’ for remote access do not help establish trust in the new technologies: security should be the prime concern for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) wishing to offer digital vehicle entry and operation services. Manufacturers need to assure their customers that the technology is safe to use whilst also protecting their own reputation and business against cyber-attacks.


End-to-End enablement with G+D Mobile Security's Digital Car Key solution

G+D Mobile Security’s Digital Car Key solution provides a full end-to-end functional enablement and security management service. It allows OEMs to launch car access solutions through any smartphone and related accessories like a smart watch or other wearables. Bluetooth Low Energy, Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) technologies or Near-Field Communications (NFC) are also supported. Furthermore, it is specifically designed to enable multi-person access via smartphone apps without compromising security. 

The range of applications for mobile devices is growing continuously, and the digital car key is another example of a dynamically developing market. G+D Mobile Security is broadly positioned in this area and supports digital car key solutions in various form factors such as wearables, smartphones or NFC cards.

Alois Kliner, Divisional Head Digital Enterprise Security at G+D Mobile Security

Security and convenience – the perfect package

Built with the needs of customers at its heart, the Digital Car Key solution offers the highest standard of security as well as convenience.

Competitive Edge: G+D's Digital Car Key solution integrates seamlessly with existing OEM vehicle entry and operations. We provide a fully secure lifecycle management process, fully integrated with our service platform. This ensures a long lifespan of any OEM car key service and that the solution is always up-to-date according to the latest security standards and  requirements.

Reliable Customer Experience: Once the Digital Car Key is activated on their smartphones, your customers can always use it to access their vehicles - no matter where they are. The Embedded Secure Element (eSE), part of the in-vehicle Electronic Control Unit, authenticates the mobile car key both inside and outside of cellular network coverage.

Enabling new Business Cases: The Secure Mobile App enables all car key use cases from locking and unlocking to vehicle engine ignition. At the same time, it offers the ability to seamlessly share car keys with others under full control of the owner. Access can be issued on a permanent, per-session, or time-delimited bases, and each key can be configured to activate only certain sections of the vehicle. Therefore, multiple usage scenarios can be managed, enabling a host of commercial applications. Examples are fleet management, concierge services and vehicle rental.

Chinese electric car manufacturer XPENG Motors equips its new model, the XPENG P7, with G+D Mobile Security’s smart Digital Car Key solution. Find out more.



When considering the adoption of Digital Car Key solutions, cybersecurity should be a prime concern for vehicle OEMs. G+D's Digital Car Key platform has been built to the highest of security standards, ensuring data and vehicle access security across the whole lifecycle of the vehicle.

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