Bluetooth Connectivity problems were ranked as the second most recurring issue in new vehicles, according to the 2018 JD Powers Initial Quality Study.
Taking this into consideration, Panasonic Automotive, a known supplier of automotive infotainment and connectivity systems solutions has presented its new connectivity solution. According to the company, it is a more secure and convenient way to automatically pair user’s mobile device to vehicle.
Panasonic Automotive’s ‘Friction Free’ Connectivity is a Bluetooth pairing via Wi-Fi solution. It requires a smartphone app for a one-time secure setup. The new vehicle owner registers within the smartphone app via a streamlined log-in process and then establishes rights to their vehicle using a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
This setup, according to the company, is expected to dramatically improve hands-free adoption rates seen today. The solution can be integrated into existing vehicle manufacturer applications and can even be integrated into ride-sharing and rental car apps for easy automatic Bluetooth pairing while traveling.
The Friction Free Connectivity pairing solution offers enhanced security with its ability to cryptographically trust both the user and the vehicle, making it very difficult for “drive-by-pairing” or accidentally connecting to the wrong vehicle.
Source: Press Release