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

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Jan 16, 2016

  • Apple announced digital key that opens and starts vehicles using the iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • The first vehicle that will support the system is the 2021 BMW 5-series.
  • The feature will roll out next month on iOS 13, and Apple is working with industry groups to bring the feature to more cars in 2021.
If you've ever decided that your car key is just too bulky, Apple has a solution. The company announced at its annual World Wide Developers Conference that its digital key solution is coming to iOS 13 and the upcoming iOS 14. The first automaker partner will be BMW, but Apple says it's working on a standard to make it work with more cars next year.

Opening a car with an app or even a piece of plastic isn't new, of course. For the BMW, setup will take place via the BMW app. The system will open car doors and start vehicles. Plus, on the BMW, an owner can share the key with five others via Apple's iMessage texting app with either full access or a restricted driving profile that lets you control top speed, horsepower, maximum radio volume, and other features—helpful for when you want to give a teen access to the car.

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