Digital key security deal between Continental and UK start-up hiyacar

The UK peer-to-peer car sharing platform, hiyacar, has announced a partnership with Germany’s Continental that’s designed to ensure the security of cars when using digital keys.

Hiyacar was the first UK car sharing service to implement a keyless technology system. By providing its members with a ‘digital’ set of keys, hiyacar says more people are encouraged to share their car as they are given greater flexibility and owners do not have to be present at key handovers.

Hiyacar – dubbed the ‘Airbnb for cars’  – also uses facial recognition to add an extra layer of security.

“We wanted to remove all of the barriers to car sharing. Using digital keys was the obvious solution to the hassle of having to transfer keys. However, we knew this could only happen if customers felt comfortable that their cars were safe and secure. This is why security is at the top of our agenda and why we partnered with Continental.” said Rob Larmour, co-founder of hiycar.

“Powering hiyacar’s platform is our Key as a Service (KaaS) solution which can authorize remote lock, unlock and engine start, with no changes to the car’s circuitry. Based on Continental’s future-ready hardware, KaaS offers scalability across manufacturers, vehicle models and geographies.” said Jennifer Wahnschaff, head of Intelligent Transportation Systems at Continental, says:

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