A new iPhone-based digital key will be offered soon on many BMW models, first on the 2021 BMW 5-Series, and Apple CarPlay-based electric-vehicle charger routing will be included in the upcoming BMW i4 electric auto due in late 2021. The German brand will introduce this function first on the recently facelifted 5 Series sedan and then subsequently on other BMW models.
To unlock auto doors, users must hold their CarKey-enabled iPhone or Apple Watch near an NFC reader typically located in the door handle.
While CarKey, in its first iteration, will mean not having to carry a key, the driver will have to tap the door handle with his iPhone in order to unlock the sedan. To start the auto, simply pop your phone on the wireless charging pad.
Digital Key will also support vehicle access for up to five other shared users and virtual access limits for young drivers. You'll then be asked to authenticate via Face ID or Touch ID before the auto unlocks, or you can enable Express Mode to skip biometric authentication altogether for quicker access. Volvo offers a similar service in which the keys can be shared with smartphones.
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The digital key is accessed via BMW’s app
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Initially, only the upcoming BMW 5 Series will support this feature. Furthermore, Apple clarified that the feature will also support iOS 13.
If you've ever been anxious about leaving your vehicle keys behind for some reason, Apple is aiming to make some cars accessible from your iPhone. In 2018, a group of major smartphone and automotive brands in the Car Connectivity Consortium unveiled a standardized approach to NFC-unlocking technology, laying the groundwork for a feature like CarKey.
Available on certain models built after July 1, 2020, the system will be compatible with the iPhone XR and iPhone XS and all newer iPhones built since. The new CarPlay update includes new wallpaper, and new app categories. The company is also working to make the same feature possible without taking the phone out of your pocket or bag.
And he believes that the humble auto key, which in new cars can take the shape of your vehicle, or even feature a display of its own, can still be further improved.
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