Middle East, February 26, 2018. Solutions for intelligent vehicle access by means of virtual smartphone key are making car rental more convenient for customers and rental companies alike. Continental’s “Key as a Service” technology enables a rental experience with keyless vehicle access and engine start authorisation.
The core component of all Continental’s smart access systems is the virtual smartphone key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record. This key gains access only after successful one-time authentication, which is then sent to the smartphone via a wireless interface. For the Smart Device Integrated Access solution, the system uses multiple Bluetooth Low Energy modules in the vehicle to enable the authorised smartphone to be located from both inside and outside. As soon as an authorized virtual key is detected, the system issues permission to open the vehicle and start the engine.