Auto and Device Makers Meet at DENSO to Continue Progress on CCC Digital Key

The PlugFest event, hosted by DENSO, gathered CCC members to continue testing CCC Digital Key as the universal interoperable standard

Sep. 25, 2023

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Sept. 25, 2023) ― DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, welcomed last week the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and top automotive and smart device manufacturers to its North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, to continue to progress testing of the CCC Digital Key. The event, CCC End-to-End Interoperability PlugFest #6, happened September 18-22 and focused on advancing the Ultra-Wideband and Bluetooth LE technology in the CCC’s Digital Key.

Top automotive OEM members and global device providers came together to test their CCC Digital Key implementations, allowing members to improve their applications, as well as specifications, test suites, and tools to ensure the superior interoperability of this technology throughout the larger consumer market.

“Our previous testing had a heavy emphasis and focus on NFC, but we’re now turning our attention to heavily focus on UWB and Bluetooth LE to give us the full CCC Digital Key specification,” said Alysia Johnson, president of the Car Connectivity Consortium. “The focus on UWB and Bluetooth LE testing will help ensure the use of precision location and enhanced security features to bring a seamless and secure digital key standard to the global market.” 

This latest round of testing is crucial in launching the CCC Digital Key certification that aims to bring a truly universal standard to the market. Collaboration between automotive and smart device manufacturers enables the CCC Digital Key to function on any operating system and to store and authenticate digital keys compatible with various vehicles securely. 

“We are excited to host and to continue to collaborate with some of the most influential players in the digital key market, a technology area that is critical to unlocking safer and more seamless mobility,” said Ron Schubert, director of Body Systems Design at DENSO. “With security being our top priority, we’ve innovated passive vehicle access solutions for nearly a decade. Working with the CCC and fellow members only strengthens our efforts to deliver superior consumer experiences as vehicles and smart devices become more connected than ever.” 

In addition to advancing digital key technology, the collaboration supports DENSO’s Two Great Causes: Green – achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 – and Peace of Mind – creating a safe and seamless world for all. In pursuit of these principles, DENSO has made digital keys a focal point in how it contributes to connected and secure mobility experiences. 

To learn more about the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), please visit its website

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Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO is a $47.9 billion leading mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in around 200 facilities worldwide to produce cutting-edge electrification, powertrain, thermal and mobility electronics products, among others, that change how the world moves. In developing such solutions, the company’s 165,000 global employees pursue rewarding careers while paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents and preserves the environment. DENSO spent around 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. For more information about DENSO’s operations worldwide, visit
In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers, and skilled workers across nearly 50 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,500+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) at 41 sites. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, DENSO in North America generated $11.3 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings together unique perspectives, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. To learn more about DENSO operations in the region and to review current career opportunities, please visit

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, DENSO, Ford, General Motors, Google, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, NXP, Panasonic, Samsung, Thales, Volkswagen, and Xiaomi. For more information, visit