BMW may be the first to use Apple CarKey supportMarch 30, 2020
The beta version of iOS 14 suggests that BMW will receive Apple “CarKey”, which will allow drivers to unlock their cars using the iPhone or Apple Watch.
BMW could be the first manufacturer to receive an Apple CarKey, allowing owners to use the iPhone to unlock their car. The link was found in a beta version of the company’s upcoming iOS 14 software update.
The Apple CarKey feature was first discovered in the company’s beta software version iOS 13.4, which was released in February this year. This feature will only work with cars equipped with NFC: users can choose whether the system will require the use of FaceID or password before unlocking the car.
A phone or a smart watch will be paired with the car through the Apple Wallet function, and for their work, installation of an application approved by the manufacturer will be required. After the device has received an NFC key from the car, the user can share this key with friends and family members to give them access. The iPhone paired with the BMW i8 features three levels of access for friends and family.
There is a strictly limited setting that allows access only to the trunk of the car, an average setting that provides access to the car’s interior, and an unlimited setting that allows any trusted friend or family member to freely enter and operate the car. Apple will transfer control of the vehicle to the Apple CarKey app and can potentially be used to unlock multiple vehicles as well as other features.
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