Continental has enhanced its ‘Key as a Service’ portfolio by making available its cloud-based solutions namely, Continental Smart Access (CoSmA) and Remote Cloud Key (RCK). The company has also acquired full ownership of OTA keys.
Both solutions support access on demand to vehicles using a smart device, to lock, unlock and authorize the vehicle for start. In addition, CoSmA enables handsfree access system and is already embedded in the vehicle architecture, whereas RCK works as an aftermarket solution. The solutions have faster response time than telematics based access solutions as well as are available offline so are a perfect fit for the rapidly growing shared mobility services market.
OTA keys, founded as a joint venture between Continental and D’leteren,was also fully acquired by the company. OTA keys enables fleets, car-sharing and car rental companies to use the mobile phones as keys for their vehicles and to obtain live trip data from the vehicle such as localization, fuel level, mileage, and state of charge. It will now be incorporated into the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) business unit within Continental’s Interior division.
Earlier this month, Bosch too has launched a digital vehicle access system which would turn the smartphone into a car key. Keyless entry feature is an emerging trend and has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. A number of companies like GM, Kia, Tata, Mitsubishi, BMW etc have either introduced or mulling on adding keyless features to their cars.