Denso acquires smartphone-as-a-key technology startup
The acquisition includes patents and R&D resources, and is aimed at enabling what Denso calls ‘frictionless mobility’ – sharing vehicles, and launching driverless services, accessed without the need to have a physical key on board.
InfiniteKey uses a low-energy Bluetooth connection, and would work similarly to today’s ‘keyless’ entry fobs, but with the ability to access multiple vehicles at specific times and integrate with apps on the smartphone – it could mean car sharing companies could ‘send’ a key to a user when they need it, with far less administrative burden than swapping a physical key or fob.
Bill Foy, senior vice president of Engineering, DENSO International America, said: “Eliminating the need for physical keys will create a headache-free experience for car owners, and ridesharing and driverless services users. This acquisition brings us one step closer to making this experience a reality and advancing vehicle access technologies.”