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Samsung brings digital car keys to its phones in South Korea

By Cookie Monster - on 2 Oct 2021, 10:44am

Samsung brings digital car keys to its phones in South Korea

Image source: Samsung

Samsung announced that selected Galaxy phones can be used as a digital car key in South Korea by the end of the year.

Officially known as Samsung Digital Key, it is compatible with the Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold2 and Fold3.

As the Samsung Digital Key is powered by NFC and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, users can lock or unlock their car, start the engine, open the trunk, and even activate personalised settings like seat adjustment or mirror position. 

The digital key is stored in Samsung Pass and uses Samsung's embedded Secure Element (eSE) for protection against malicious attacks. In addition, the Samsung Digital Key is fully compliant with the digital key standard as defined by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). 

Samsung Digital Key can only work with one car at the moment, the newly launched luxury electric vehicle, Genesis GV60. Samsung has partnerships with Audi, BMW and Ford. Therefore, consumers can expect to see Samsung Digital Key being supported on cars from these brands in the future.

Source: Samsung

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