With an updated Apple CarKey spec, users just might be able to unlock their cars with the iPhone’s Ultra Wideband chip support later this 2021.
According to Apple Insider, the CCC (or Car Connectivity Consortium) announced on Tuesday that there is a new update coming to the Digital Key spec currently being utilized by Apple’s CarKey. With Apple being a member of the CCC as well, the upgrade brings potential for positive advances to the tech giant’s products and services.
Businesswire notes that this update to the Digital Key 3.0 will feature Ultra Wideband connectivity along with Bluetooth Low Energy.
What is CarKey?
In a statement, president of CCC, Daniel Knobloch said, “We are creating a world where our mobile devices become true digital keys for our vehicles, bringing a new level of convenience and accessibility for users,”.
Apple released its CarKey feature at the same time as it did the iOS 14, with BMW as its launch partner. What it is precisely is an API that gives users the ability to control and unlock compatible vehicles with the convenience of their iPhone or Apple Watch.
“Our Digital Key Release 3.0 will allow users to leave their mobile device in their bag or pocket when unlocking or starting their vehicle. The broad support from our members allows us to develop Digital Key specifications that meet the industry and consumers’ needs for a global standardized and secure Digital Key Ecosystem.” Knobloch adds.
CarKey’s first launch featured support for Wi-Fi controls as well as NFC unlock. Although at present there aren’t many auto manufacturers that have incorporated CarKey into their projects, Apple continues to integrate it into its current and upcoming developments.
Further details pending
More announcements on the tech giant’s new updates and products are coming with its well-awaited Spring Loaded 2021 event, however news specifically related to CarKey API changes are believed to be disclosed later this June during the Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference).
At the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple first presented the then new CarKey feature which was NFC-based and allowed users to hold either their Apple Watch or iPhone near their compatible car’s driver-side door to unlock it.
Much like boarding passes and credit cards, digital car keys can easily be stored in the Wallet app, available on devices powered by watchOS 6.2.8 and later, as well as iOS 13.6. Mac Rumors highlights that, right now, this feature only works with a handful of BMW models that were manufactured post July 1, 2020.
It’s great that tech and auto-related companies are slowly but surely working together, and as a result are innovating better ways to make users’ experiences with their gadgets and cars simultaneously more cooperative and convenient. Speaking of convenience with personal vehicles, bring more to your own with this HUAWEI Supercharge Wireless Car Charger. Also, those who may not be making the switch to digital car keys any time soon can keep their physical car keys clean with the HoMedics UV Clean Phone Sanitizer.