Mercedes-Benz E-Class range to come with smartphone-based digital key

With this digital key, drivers will have the freedom to lock or unlock their cars, or even start the engine using their smartphone

By: | Published: May 15, 2017 2:46 PM

Mercedes-Benz E-Class range will now come with a smartphone-based digital key. Gemalto is providing its Trusted Services Hub (TSH) to support Daimler AG's new smartphone-based 'digital vehicle key'. With this new key, drivers will have freedom to lock or unlock their car using nothing more than an NFC smartphone. Gemalto's TSH enables seamless and secure over-the-air deployment of the digital keys to any type of phone that supports the solution.

With the key safely downloaded to a secure element (a tamper resistant hardware platform) via Gemalto's TSH, drivers can lock/unlock their cars by simply placing the smartphone against the door handle.

The engine can also be turned on with the phone in the charging tray of the dashboard and pressing the start button. Capable of operating even if the phone battery is drained, the need to carry a conventional key is eliminated. With the battery drained the phone wold provide up to 10 door lock / unlock in the next 24 hours if the smartphone device supports this functionality.

"Digitalization demands that companies harness their expertise to forge strong relationships with all stakeholders within the connected car ecosystem," said Christine Caviglioli, vice president New Mobility Solutions at Gemalto. "For Daimler AG, this aim is fully supported by our solutions, which enable it to offer customers innovative services through their preferred device, without compromising security."

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As an integral part of the 'Mercedes me connect' program, the digital vehicle key will connect seamlessly with services that meet the demands of modern mobility and digital lifestyles.