Imec invents unhackable car key
Bluetooth Low Energy
Imec has now used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to get around the problem. “BLE has many advantages: its low energy consumption, low cost and extreme security against hackers”, says Kathleen Philips.
Imec has now found a way to prevent hackers from manipulating the signal. Philips: “We now want to have our technology evaluated by external security experts to prove its effectiveness”
Without mentioning names, Imec confirms the automotive industry’s strong interest. It already collaborates with different chip developers and suppliers. Meanwhile, the solution will be presented at next week’s FutureSummits, a yearly technology forum.
“In the long term, car manufacturers want to make opening vehicles using smartphones safe”, says Kathleen Philips. “Smartphones already carry BLE, and can, therefore, count on the support of a vast number of industrial ecosystems.” The key could, for example, include a navigation system or tire pressure monitoring.