BMW turns on Apple Smart Key tech

Unlock your car with digital keys on iPhone, Apple Watch soon

Apple Wants to Transform Your iPhone Into a Car Key

Announced Monday, Apple's new CarKey digital auto keys feature will allow you to unlock and start select vehicles using NFC technology.

"In addition to adding this feature to iOS 14, we're also enabling it in iOS 13", Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, explained during Apple's WWDC 2020 keynote.

The key will debut in the 2021 BMW 5 Series, and it will allow your phone to unlock the vehicle and, if your phone is present on a charging pad in the auto (and probably if it's not there but close enough), start the car's engine with a button.

It would allow users to unlock future vehicle models without removing their iPhone from their pocket or bag. Once inside, the iPhone must be placed on the BMW's wireless charging pad before the driver can press the start button to fire the engine. You'll then be asked to authenticate via Face ID or Touch ID before the vehicle unlocks, or you can enable Express Mode to skip biometric authentication altogether for quicker access.

The BMW Digital Key is set up through BMW's smartphone app.

The function will be introduced on the latest versions of Apple's iOS smartphone operating system.

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More interestingly, you can also duplicate your digital key and send it to others using iMessage.

Apple is working with standards groups to pave the way for expanding the technology to more cars. It helps take BMW electric vehicles on a longer trip by planning it in advance on iPhone or by entering the destination through Apple CarPlay. It will initially be launching with the updated 2021 BMW 5 Series.

"It uses NFC and you just tap to unlock".

Moreover, Car Key could be utilizing the Digital Key Release 2.0 specification of the Car Connectivity Consortium.

But first, in the revamped App Maps app there's a new setting to see where you can charge up at public charging stations for an EV that doesn't care about nearby gas stations. This seamless, simple feature will first be available for BMW in the fully electric BMW i4 launching next year.

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