Car Connectivity Consortium Launches CCC Digital Key Certification, Delivering Market Credibility and Interoperability

Published in Business Wire on December 11, 2023.

The CCC Digital Key Certification provides vehicle and device manufacturers with critical steps in making a universal, interoperable standard a reality.

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Car Connectivity Consortium® (CCC) announced the CCC Digital Key Certification is now available for NFC implementation to its industry-leading vehicle and device members. The certification is pivotal to instilling trust among consumers and the industry because CCC Digital Key provides a global standard for interoperability. This enables auto and device manufacturers to deliver secure, user-friendly experiences for digital key access.

“This is an incredible milestone for the CCC as the certification gives CCC Members the ability to increase their business value and deliver a much-desired experience to consumers,” said Alysia Johnson, president of the Car Connectivity Consortium. “This watershed moment was only possible because of the collaboration among our members who truly believe in the need for a universal standard for digital key technology.”

The CCC Digital Key Certification delivers four key benefits.

  • Enhanced credibility: Certification instills trust among consumers, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Proven interoperability: Certification establishes global compatibility of products and services for a seamless experience when using CCC Digital Key, regardless of car or device.
  • Brand confidence: When customers and partners see the certification logo, they know they will get the CCC Digital Key experience that is trusted, interoperable and works as expected.
  • Market opportunity: Members receive increased visibility to consumers and partners and advantages for growth.

“The CCC Digital Key Certification is a critical piece we’ve needed for a universal standard to be possible,” said Glen Stone, the technical director of the Car Connectivity Consortium. “The certification not only bolsters a CCC Digital Key product as credible, but it also validates that the product will work seamlessly with other CCC Digital key solutions in the ecosystem.”

“We’ve been looking forward to this moment, and we’re happy it’s come at last,” said Jaeyoung Shin, Head of Wallet R&D Group from Member company Samsung. “Smart devices such as the Samsung Galaxy smartphone will be more capable of offering a secure and seamless user experience. The ability for customers to conveniently access their cars is a great way for us to provide additional value to customers.”

The certification mark signals to consumers, partners, and stakeholders that the product meets industry and program standards for the best device-to-vehicle connectivity experience. Members can feature the CCC Digital Key mark on products, manuals, marketing materials, websites, and more.

“Displaying the CCC Digital Key mark will be a game changer for automakers because it tells customers they can access their cars securely and seamlessly with their smart device by simply identifying the mark,” said Daniel Kuelzer, Function Owner Digital Key from Member company BMW.

The CCC and its members continue to progress on testing and standardization with the latest CCC Digital Key End-to-End PlugFest. The event, hosted by Rivian, will take place this week, December 11-15, in Palo Alto, California.

“The ongoing commitment and participation from so many vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 and global device providers speak to the long-term value and unique opportunity we are bringing to the market,” said Stone.

If you want to learn more about the CCC Digital Key certification or how to become a member, please visit our website.

About the Car Connectivity Consortium:

The Car Connectivity Consortium® (CCC) is a cross-industry organization advancing technologies for smartphone-to-car connectivity solutions. The CCC represents a large portion of the global automotive and smartphone industries with more than 200 member companies. The CCC member companies include smartphone and vehicle manufacturers, automotive tier-1 suppliers, silicon/chip vendors, security product suppliers, and more. Its Board of Directors includes individuals from charter member companies Apple, BMW, CARIAD, DENSO, Ford, General Motors, Google, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, NXP, Panasonic, Samsung, Thales, and Xiaomi. For more information, visit


Liz Chavez
INK Communications for CCC

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