CarKey screenshots reveal digital keys in Wallet App, BMW likely supports feature at launch

CarKey screenshots reveal digital keys in Wallet App, BMW likely supports feature at launch

MacRumors recently discovered that Apple is developing a new “CarKey” feature that allows the iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock, lock and launch NFC-compatible vehicles. Like credit cards and boarding passes, users can add a digital car key to the Wallet application, avoiding the use of a physical car key or key chain.

CarKey allows users to access their vehicles, keep their iPhone or Apple Watch near the in-vehicle NFC reader, authenticate with Face ID, and the vehicle unlocks automatically. Like Apple Pay in transit traffic, Express mode would be an option, avoiding Face ID or password authentication.

Earlier this week, Twitter took screenshots of what the CarKey interface looks like, and for the first time we get to know the upcoming feature.

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The digital car is expected to appear as a key card in the Wallet app. Tap the card to display information such as car model, automotive automation, Express mode switch, and sharing your car key with other users. When sharing a car key, the primary user can grant others three levels of access, including that only the boot can be opened, the vehicle unlocked, the vehicle unlocked, and the propelled.

MacRumors has discovered that users can share CarKey using the Messages app. Shared access to CarKeys may be permanent for trusted individuals, such as family or friends, or temporary for someone, such as a guarded driver.

Apple seems to be partnering with automakers on this initiative, suggesting that CarKey may work in a similar way to CarPlay. Based on the screenshots above and the iOS code text seen by MacRumors, it seems likely that the BMW luxury car brand will be the first manufacturer to support the feature, as previously noted by 9to5Mac.

BMW teased the future of digital keys in last year’s press release:

Nowadays it is possible to lock and unlock the vehicle, start the engine and share the key with the BMW Digital Key as part of the BMW Connected on your smartphone. But this is only the first step in the global technological transformation that the BMW Group is developing and leading.

Apple is a member of the Car Connectivity Consortium, which recently announced the NFC-based Digital Key 2.0 specification, which they claim will be available by the end of 2019. According to the consortium, this specification establishes a secure connection between mobile devices and NFC-enabled vehicles. , even if a compatible device has a low battery.

The consortium will then develop the Digital LE 3.0 specification, which is based on both Bluetooth LE and ultra-wideband to allow passive, location-free keyless access. This would allow you to leave the iPhone in your pocket or backpack when approaching or starting the vehicle. IPhone 11 models include an Apple-designed U1 chip that provides ultra-wideband support, so Apple could choose this feature.

It is unclear when Apple plans to make CarKey available to the public. The service will not be activated in iOS 13.4, released earlier this week. CarKey can be introduced in the upcoming iOS 13 upgrade or in iOS 14 retention, which should be previewed in June.

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