BMW Offers iPhone Digital Car Key
At the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, it was announced that BMW will become the first carmaker to enable its customers to use an iPhone as a fully digital car key.
The upcoming BMW Digital Key for the iPhone will enable customers to just tap to unlock and easily get going by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pushing the start button.
Setup of the Digital Key can be done through the BMW Smartphone App. The car owner can also share access with up to five friends including a configurable car access option for young drivers which restricts top speed, horse power, maximum radio volume and more.
Management of access can be done from inside the car as well as through Apple Wallet.
Additional features of the new Digital Key include:
• Storage in the Secure Element of your iPhone and access through Apple Wallet
• Power reserve for iPhone where car keys will still function for up to five hours if the iPhone turns off due to low battery
• Ability to share access with up to 5 friends via iMessage
• Apple Watch compatibility
BMW is a leading 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 user experience, security and availability in smartphone models all of which were key to the BMW Group strategy for the Digital Key right from the start.
Apple and BMW have been working closely with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to press ahead with the establishment of global standards.
The Digital Key specification 2.0 for NFC has been released in May 2020 while the next generation of Digital Key using Ultra Wideband technology is already well underway.
BMW the Digital Key for iPhone will be available in 45 countries for a broad range of models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1,2020. Compatible iPhone models will be iPhone XR, iPhone XS or newer and Apple Watch Series 5 or newer.
For more information please visit www.bmw.com/digitalkey.