Huf Concept Key – the future of car keys with UWB
Huf has been supplying the automotive industry for more than 100 years and is one of the driving forces behind innovation in car access and authorization. For example, it was Huf who invented the remote control key using infrared technology and introduced it in a production car (the Mercedes SL R129) for the first time in 1989. As one of the pioneers, Huf has played an active role in the development of passive entry. And the first door handle with NFC technology was also supplied by Huf.
Customer needs always come first in the product development processes at Huf. This philosophy was very much at the top of the agenda in the development of the Huf Concept Key. The idea of the palm charm came up very early in the conceptual phase and was to have a big impact on surface finish and design. Another key point involved making it a desirable object. At first glance, the car key was to make car owners feel like they absolutely had to hold it in their hands. At the same time, frequently asked customer questions as well as findings from market research and Huf’s experience having manufactured several million car keys were all incorporated into the implementation of this concept study.
The edging running around the car key gives it more than just the necessary solid and robust characteristics. Variations with silver, gold, or stylish rose gold give the key an additional standout visual feature. The edging can also be personalized with the aid of the patented Signocrom technology of Huf, with patterns or lettering applied to chrome by laser for a long-lasting effect and a high level of accuracy.
State-of-the-art car key operation and passive authorization with BLE and UWB
On the front of the car key, Huf has dispensed with conventional buttons and instead opted for a smooth surface that gives slightly when touched. As a result, the remote control key reflects modern user behavior and acts rather like a touchscreen interface but is much sturdier than a cell phone and also less susceptible to accidental operation. The large central logo can be illuminated in a range of colors and variations. The generic study employed the Huf logo, but any design can be used in its place. Pressing the logo will cause it to light up and the car doors to unlock.
The Huf Concept Key does more than merely open the car reliably via button command. It is also equipped with the latest, most accurate wireless technologies for passive authorization. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) in conjunction with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) are capable of achieving extremely accurate positioning across a large radius in comparison with current wireless technologies. Furthermore, these technologies are immune to relay attacks, in which thieves extend wireless signals so that they can easily open cars.
The Huf Concept Key scores with an enormous range of sensor technologies - from NFC (Near Field Communication) and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to UWB (Ultra Wideband).