Delphi’s key fob technology is providing low-cost smart phone connectivity using both Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) platforms.
Smart Phone Connectivity via Bluetooth Gateway Key Fob:
Using a custom phone app with Delphi’s advanced key fob technology, medium-range connectivity (650 feet/200 meters or more) can now be made available to consumers without subscription fees, cellular network delays or coverage gaps.
Delphi’s Bluetooth Gateway Key Fob allows users to view important vehicle information and complete often-performed tasks remotely on their smart phone or similar device.
“From receiving security and diagnostic alerts to checking a vehicle’s eco-score, our technology allows drivers to monitor vehicle statistics from their smart phone via Delphi’s key fob,” Schwarting said. “Drivers no longer need to be inside their vehicles or have an internet connection to get updates on vehicle status.”
Smart Fob Enabled by Near Field Communication:
Delphi’s also offers a Smart Key Fob that uses NFC to provide drivers direct accessibility to vehicle information while helping to ensure the security of data exchange. The NFC wireless standard, a read/write technology, offers both secure information transfer and a low power consumption mode.
Its low-range communication profile — only 2 inches (5 cm) — helps prevent hacking while its low consumption mode helps ensure durability and reliability.
Data exchange is made possible using an NFC module integrated in the vehicle. The system antenna enables data transfer from the vehicle to the key fob, and the transferred information can be accessed by the driver via any NFC-compatible portable device that has an active display such as a smart phone.
Data that can be accessed and managed includes mileage and fuel level, safety and security information (such as tire pressure), maintenance warnings and alerts, personalization features (seat, steering wheel, A/C configuration), vehicle location (GPS), driver identity, In-Case-of-Emergency (ICE) contacts and vehicle type.