The Hyundai Digital Key is a remarkable innovation that allows drivers to enjoy full access to their vehicle using their smartphone, but how can people set it up? Launched in 2019, the digital key is intended to replace the regular car key. This technology allows up to four authorized persons to access the digital key. Furthermore, it is designed to be more secure than the traditional physical key. Upon arrival, it was rumored to be included in upcoming Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the same year. However, the first Hyundai to support the digital key was the 2020 Sonata.
Smartphones used as key technology have been in development for a while. Since people always carry their mobile devices with them, it makes sense to enhance those devices with this feature. In addition to Hyundai, BMW, Lincoln, Tesla and Ford there are some car manufacturers with smart keys for selected models. For Model 3, users can unlock the doors, access vehicle information and do many other things. Unfortunately, as this is an evolving trend, not many models have it. However, it is believed that more models will support this technology in the near future.
Although the Hyundai Digital Key first appeared in the Sonata, it has since been offered in electric models such as the Ioniq 5 and Kona Electric. As mentioned above, the Hyundai Digital Key allows people to unlock and start their vehicle as long as their Hyundai is equipped with the feature. Drivers can get the digital key by downloading the app. In addition, the digital key uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for added security. NFC is better than Bluetooth because to start the Hyundai, the driver has to be a few inches away. With this proximity in mind, the car cannot be driven by someone else as the owner is close to the vehicle.
How to configure the Hyundai digital key
Users must meet specific requirements to configure the Hyundai digital key. Since the technology is relatively new, not all smartphones can run it. Currently, only Android-enabled mobile devices support the digital key. So, for example, iPhone users will not be able to access the digital key even if their Hyundai comes with it. Also, the devices must be running Android 7.0 or later. They must also have Bluetooth 4.0 or later and be compatible with NFC. It is worth noting that phones with NFC or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) can still run the app, although the features will be limited. Potential users must also have a MyHyundai account and are included in the Hyundai Digital Key service. The MyHyundai account links your phone and Hyundai’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
After downloading the Hyundai Digital Key from the Google Play Store, drivers should program the car so that it always recognizes the smartphone as the primary key. In the vehicle, drivers need to open the Digital Key app, start the car and press the + button on the app for the phone to enter pairing mode. The phone must be on the wireless charger for successful pairing. The Hyundai will confirm the association, allowing drivers to register their phone as a primary key. For models with navigation system, users must follow this sequence: Configuration – Vehicle – Digital key – Smartphone key – Select – Save. Users must follow this sequence for models without navigation: Digital key – Smartphone key – Select – Save. While this is an amazing way to access vehicle controls, hackers can exploit some vulnerabilities.
Source: Hyundai USA