Apple today has announced extended support for digital car keys in iOS 15 during iOS 15 WWDC main note. ° Ccombined with the latest from Google Announcements for Android at its own developer conference, it is clear that the big transition to digital car keys will begin in earnest later this fall.
While Apple first announced support for digital car keys last year, today the company expand your efforts with new updates coming to Wallet in iOS 15 which will allow the iPhone to connect to nearby cars via UWB. Adding support for UWB mirrors a similar message Google did during Google I / O that on the support of digital car keys via UWB or NFC depending on the specific car model in Android 12.
Currently, NFC and UWB are the two main methods for implementing digital car keys, both of which have their pros and cons. NFC usually has a much smaller range than UWB, which means you often have to be right next to your car or even touch your phone somewhere in your car to unlock its door or start the car. However, since NFC is already built into all but the cheapest budget phones, it it remains a relatively easy way to switch from traditional physical keys to new-fashioned digital car keys.
On the flip On the other hand, UWB boasts a potential range of more than 100 feet, which means that consumers can start their car or turn on the heating / variable remote from their home, as long as have a relatively clear line of sight to the vehicle vehicle. The downside is that since UWB is still a relatively new technology, it is only available on a few devices at the moment, which means you may need to upgrade to a new phone to get UWB support.
Among Android phones, the two main devices that support UWB are the Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra, but not standard S21–Samsung says UWB support has not been turned on to keep its price down. And in the future, it looks like Google is ready to add UWB support to the Pixel 6. Meanwhile, for the iPhone, Apple has begun adding support for the UWB, starting with the iPhone 11. TApple is currently ahead when it comes to supporting UWB, anyone who still uses the iPhone XS or older is unfortunately out of luck.
In addition to Tesla, the carmaker currently leading the digital car key charge is BMW, which is already partnering with Apple, Google and Samsung to support the initiative. choose BMW models, although other manufacturers like it Hyundai and more recently, Ford has been working to maintain digital car keys.
Tthe arrival of digital car keys has the potential to made life much easier. However, he also presents a few problems, the most worrying is that just losing your phone can turn into a real disaster. This is because in addition to losing your basic method of calling or texting people, the rise of digital car keys and smart locks means that if you don’t have access to your phone, you may not have access to your home or car. ,, also, which can leave you really stuck in an emergency.
For some, this opportunity may be enough to make them Think twice about digital car keys, and although many manufacturers still provide a physical key or card key as a backup, it will be interesting to see how quickly the public embraces digital car keys as they become more widely supported this fall. .
In both cases, between existing carmakers like Tesla and the wider support that will soon come in iOS 15 and Android 12, it seems both technology giants and carmakers are finally ready to introduce car keys in 21 century.