Valeo and Orange have proposed an innovative concept for sharing vehicles between several drivers, either between individuals or within a corporate fleet of vehicles.
This solution, based on NFC (Near Field Communication) no-contact technology, makes it possible to exchange data at very short distance using an NFC cellphone, but also from a web and mobile community application.
The vehicle sharing process is simple. On a dedicated site, community members reserve the period of time during which they wish to use the car.
Once the owner has validated this period of time, they receive a temporary, non-transferable key on their cellphone, via the Orange platform.
All they then have to do is place their cellphone close to the car door, then the dashboard, both equipped by Valeo with NFC readers, in order to open and then start the vehicle.
This solution is designed for automakers and service providers in the automobile sector.
It is a totally secure solution enabling the lending or borrowing of a key at a distance, avoiding any risk of losing keys thanks to virtual key transfer, and controlling and restricting the use of keys.
In addition, management of vehicle loaning from the car-sharing site is optimized, the cost of use and maintenance can be shared, and the fleet’s carbon footprint is considerably reduced.