Apple CarKey Announced, Toss Your Keys For Your iPhone

BMW announces support for digital key for iPhone. A safe and easy way to use iPhone as a car key to lock, unlock, drive and share keys with friends.
22.06.2020 Press release

At today’s Apple global developer conference, it was announced that BMW would become the first automaker to allow customers to use the iPhone as a fully digital car key.

Munich / Cupertino. At today’s Apple global developer conference, it was announced that BMW would become the first automaker to allow customers to use the iPhone as a fully digital car key. BMW was the first to integrate the iPod into their vehicles, the first to offer wireless CarPlay and now the first to introduce support for the BMW digital key stored securely in Apple Wallet for iPhone.

BMW digital key for iPhone.

The next BMW digital key for iPhone will allow customers to tap to unlock and get started easily by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pressing the start button. The configuration of the digital key can be carried out via the BMW Smartphone app. The car owner can also share access with up to 5 friends, including a configurable access option for young drivers that limits top speed, horsepower, maximum radio volume and more. Access management can be done from inside the car as well as via Apple Wallet.

Additional features of the new digital key include:
– Storage in the secure element of your iPhone and access via Apple Wallet
– Power reserve for iPhone where the car keys will still work for up to five hours if
iPhone turns off due to low battery
– Ability to share access with up to 5 friends via iMessage
– Apple Watch compatibility

BMW is one of the main contributors to the Digital Key standard.

The BMW Group was quick to recognize the potential of smartphones as digital keys – if done right. Standardizing the digital key contributes to the user experience, security and availability of smartphone models, all essential from the start to the BMW Group’s digital key strategy. Apple and BMW have worked closely with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to move forward with setting global standards. The digital key specification 2.0 for NFC was published in May 2020 while the next generation of digital key using Ultra Wideband technology is already well advanced.

Wide availability for BMW models and iPhones.

BMW is pleased to announce the availability of the digital key for iPhone in 45 countries for a wide range of models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 s ‘They are manufactured after July 1, 2020. Compatible iPhone models will be the iPhone XR, iPhone XS or newer and the Apple Watch Series 5 or newer.
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Also announced: smart routes for BMW electric vehicles in Apple Maps.

At today’s Apple Developer World Conference, BMW and Apple also announced a new feature that will make it easier than ever for CarPlay users to take BMW electric vehicles on longer journeys, automatically taking into account the moment and the place of charge. Drivers can plan their trip in advance on their iPhone or simply enter their destination via Apple CarPlay when they get in the car; In both cases, Apple Maps will choose the optimal route based on the electric range and the location of the charging stations along the way. This simple and transparent functionality will first be available for BMW in the launch of the fully electric BMW i4 next year.

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