This year, new Hyundai vehicle owners will be able to use Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality in their smartphones to access and start their cars. The new digital car key solution, being rolled out first in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, will consist of 13.56 MHz NFC RFID readers and antennas compliant with the ISO 14443 standard, as well as BLE beacons in the car and an app to operate the system. Hyundai Motor Co.’s automotive group in South Korea has released what it calls Digital Key technology, which is intended to eliminate the need for key fobs or remotes. Instead, the vehicles will enable drivers to use their phone to open the car doors, launch the ignition and personalize settings inside the vehicle, according to a driver’s personal preferences. To accomplish this goal, users of the Hyundai app can set up what is known as a Cloud Profile, which links a user’s phone to a vehicle, while also enabling him or her to customize preferences, such as how the driver’s seat is positioned. First, a car owner downloads the Digital Key app on his or her iOS- or Android-based device. The system can provide access to a total of ...