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CarKey will be able to share a digital key using the Messages app

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Published on Feb 20, 2020

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CarKey will be able to share a digital key using the Messages app

As discovered in the first two beta versions of iOS 13.4, Apple is working on a new function, called CarKey, that will allow an iPhone or an Apple Watch to unlock, lock and start vehicles that are compatible with NFC.

The “keys” of the CarKey you will find in the app Wallet and, as we discovered in the first beta, can be shared with other people in such a way as to allow others temporary access to our car. In the second beta of iOS 13.4 has been updated as the terms of the sharing; the digital keys of the car can be sent to other users using the Messages app.

The keys CarKey may be shared with the people in individual conversations but not in group conversations. IOS-13.4 beta 2:

CarKey is not available in group conversations. You can share CarKey in individual conversations.

After having sent a CarKey to a user, the user will be able to use their iPhone or Apple Watch to access to a compatible car by holding the device near a NFC reader located inside of the vehicle. The keys can be permanent (for a spouse) or temporary (for a waiter or a mechanic).

People who receive a digital key via the Messaging app, will find attached a guide which will explain how it works.

Access CarKey, such as Apple Pay and the Apple Cash, is authenticated biometrically, using the Face ID or Touch ID to make sure that the iPhone user is the one authorised to have access to a car. There is also a “Express Mode” that supposedly works without the need of authentication.

Apple will work with the vehicle manufacturers to CarKey, which indicates that there may be a factory-installed option that is very similar to CarPlay. CarKey requires a vehicle with NFC, so this is something that the vehicle manufacturers will have to implement.

Apple is a member of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which has developed a specific Digital Key 2.0 based on NFC made available at the end of 2019. The new specification establishes a secure connection between mobile devices and vehicles using NFC.

The CCC is also working on a Digital Key 3.0 based on Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband, allowing passive access without a key based on the location. IPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max Apple support ultra-wideband, then this is the functionality CarKey that we might see in the future.

We still don't know when CarKey will be announced by Apple or when it will be launched on new vehicles, but the function could be launched with the public release of iOS 13.4.

If Apple will hold an event on the 31st of march, and the announcement of CarKey may be made to the event since we expect the release of iOS 13.4 coincides with the introduction of new devices.

 

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