This chip will turn smartphones into car keys

NEW DELHI: NXP Semiconductors on Tuesday he announced an addition to his ultra broadband (UWB) chip with a new car Integrated circuit (UWB IC) which is capable of converting smartphones into car keys .

The technology is designed to give spatial awareness to UWB-equipped car s, mobiles, and other smart devices, to enable car s to know exactly where the users are.

With this, users can open and start car s, while leaving their phones in their pockets or bags, and enjoy secure remote parking via smartphone . In addition, the new UWB IC offers the highest level of protection against car robbery through relief attacks.

"Today we are seeing a rapid amalgamation of automotive and smartphone technologies, which altogether unlocks a whole new world of opportunities for smart mobility. Ultra-wideband has transformed from just a data transmission to a secure ranging technology, having multiple use cases for automotive in the coming times," said Sanjay Gupta, Vice-President and India Country Manager, NXP India said in a statement.

In conjunction with the release of IC, NXP, BMW Group, Continental and others are working together on UWB implementations through Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and IEEE to ensure the best customer experiences at the intersection of vehicles, mobile devices and consumer devices.