BMW and Apple join forces to develop CarKey for iPhoneMarch 25, 2020
The Bavarian automaker is working with Apple to create and develop a new feature called CarKey, which allows owners to use their iPhone to unlock and launch their car.
According to the data obtained from the early iOS 14 code, the new development will not appear as a separate application, but as a function built into the smartphone. Thus, to unlock the car and start the engine, you no longer have to get the phone. The information was shared by the fan site Apple 9to5Mac, which notes that BMW will become a pioneer of the service.
Simply put, it is expected that owners will be able to replace their car key with a phone, unlock, lock and start the car without the help of hands. It can also sync with Apple CarPlay automatically and work as a media hub more efficiently than ever before.
BMW is a key company in the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which is working to create an industry standard for new digital services for exchanging data between vehicles and connected devices. The Consortium also includes Apple, Audi, Continental, Denso, GM, Hyundai, LG, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung and Volkswagen, which indicates the emergence of similar services in the future for different devices and brands.
All data from CCC shows that Digital Key v3.0 will use Near Field Communication (NFC), the same technology that allows you to make contactless payments. The use of NFC means that there must be a high level of harmonization between manufacturers.
This technical specification means that CarKey is likely to debut on the latest iPhone models. They use UWB technology to synchronize with AirDrop, and will soon launch something Apple developed called AirTag for hyper-local device tracking.
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