Denso acquires InfiniteKey to advance keyless automotive experience
Denso, an automotive technology, systems, and components suppliers, has acquired Holland, Mich.-based InfiniteKey, Inc., along with several patents and R&D resources. The company says that the acquisition will provide foundational pieces to developing phone-as-a-key technology. Denso added in a statement that, "This type of technology will become increasingly important for automakers, as ridesharing and driverless services progress beyond the need for keys."
"When we consider the future of mobility, the customer experience is always at the forefront of our design. Eliminating the need for physical keys will create a headache-free experience for car owners, and ridesharing and driverless services users," said Bill Foy, Senior Vice President of Engineering, DENSO International America. "This acquisition brings us one step closer to making this experience a reality and advancing vehicle access technologies."
InfiniteKey has developed advanced techniques for microlocating smartphones relative to vehicles using standard Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This technology allows automakers to rely on phones as passive keys, in the same way they rely upon dedicated passive key fobs today. Unlike key fobs, however, phones as passive key systems enable a broad range of mobility services, such as ridesharing and driverless services.
Kevin Virta, CEO of InfiniteKey, said, "Becoming part of Denso, with its global reach and world-class engineering, means our phone-as-a-key technology can reach the broadest possible penetration in the automotive market. We are looking forward to making significant contributions to Denso's efforts to lead the way in automotive technologies of the future."
Terms were not disclosed.