NXP Announces Automotive Ultra-Wideband Chip That Turns Smartphones into Car Keys

November 13, 2019 Tiera Oliver

NXP Semiconductors  announced a new automotive UWB IC. The technology is designed to give spatial awareness to UWB-equipped cars, mobiles, and other smart devices, to enable cars to know exactly where users are. Users can open and start cars, while leaving their phones in their pockets or bags, and enjoy secure remote parking via smartphone. Furthermore, the new UWB IC brings maximum level of protection against car theft through relay attacks.

In conjunction with the launch of the IC, NXP, BMW Group, Continental and others are jointly working on UWB implementations through the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and IEEE.

Beyond smart access and remote parking, NXP’s automotive UWB targets other use cases such as:

· Short Range Radar – For life sign detection and easy trunk access

· Smartphone Valet parking – Cars can be “sent” to park autonomously via a smartphone application

· Electric vehicle charging – Autonomous positioning on vehicle charger

· Drive through payment – Localization for secure on-the-go payment

· Car-as-a-Key – Car is enabled to seamlessly access garage door/parking

More information on NXP UWB use cases can be found at www.nxp.com/applications/solutions/ultra-wideband-uwb:UWB.


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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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