Mercedes App Adds Private Car Sharing Function

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Nancy 2018/03/06

At present, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is applied widely to people’s daily life. The Mercedes app has added private car sharing that allows friends, families and colleagues to use a car for a fixed period of time. The Mercedes me communication module has been installed on a ride-share car. A driver uses the app to unlock the car by NFC technology when he or she wants to use the car. The car can then be started with the digital vehicle key, which is temporarily enabled by the app and only can be used during the sharing period.

When finished using the car, the driver leaves the key in the car and locks it with the app. Cars can be unlocked, locked, and started remotely by using NFC technology. The digital car key sticker with inserted NFC controller is suitable for the cars in Germany. These stickers can be used with any smart phone likes iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S9, even without NFC function.

Once the sticker adhered to smart phone, it can unlock, lock and start without contact. Drivers have to put the smart phone with NFC sticker into the centre console tray to start car. Wireless charging receiver coil that is compatible with smart phone also can charging in the tray.

Clients can order key sticker on Mercedes me portal. This sticker can handle the problem that not every smart phone is suitable for the security standard NFC interface of Mercedes.

In term of the German Car Sharing Association, more than 1.7 million people are registered with car sharing services in Germany. According to Global Market Insights, the global car sharing industry is predicted to be valued at $16.5 billion by 2024.


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