Apple Will Soon Let You Use Your iPhone as a Car Key

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Emily Schubert, Apple's Senior Manager of Car Experience Engineering, demonstrated how a driver can simply tap the door handle of their vehicle with their iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock it.

However, the Apple team put together a tech powered conference using visual and sound effects, making this event more exciting than previous shows. The digital key can be configured through the BMW Smartphone App and it can be shared with up to five friends. The first vehicle that would support this feature will be the 2021 BMW 5 series. With this, you can tap your iPhone on the door handle of a auto that supports this, and it unlocks using NFC.

Apple revealed the new iOS 14 during its first digital Worldwide Developers Conference that included a range of cutting edge features.

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If you've ever decided that your auto key is just too bulky, Apple has a solution. This will then allow you to keep your iPhone in your pocket or bag, and still be able to unlock your phone. Sort of like how most keys now work. Apple says that the technology is based on an industry-wide standard that makes use of the company's new U1 ultra wideband chip instead just being based on NFC. If your keys go missing you can turn off your keys remotely'.

And it thinks that the humble auto key, which on new cars can take the shape of your vehicle, or even feature a screen of its own, can still be improved further.

The idea isn't actually a new one; back in 2018 a group of major smartphone and automotive brands in the Car Connectivity Consortium revealed a new standardised approach to NFC-unlocking technology, with Apple, Audi, BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Volkswagen all involved. It's likely each automaker will want to implement its own options within Apple's digital key, but at today's event, the tech company was very excited about the ability to share keys over iMessage. This feature will first be available in the BMW i4 next year.

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