Beyond keyless entry! BMW approves iPhone as vehicle ke

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CarKey pairs a vehicle to an iPhone or Apple Watch, and allows users to share their key digitally with family and friends.

As well as a major redesign to the home screen of the iPhone and iPad, iOS 14 includes the option of turning your smartphone into a vehicle 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.

BMW says you can share access with up to five people with compatible iPhones or Apple Watches via iMessage, with the ability to set parameters like restricting top speed, horsepower, maximum radio volume and more for less experienced drivers. You can deactivate these other keys at any time, and if your phone goes missing revoke access to the vehicle entirely through iCloud.

Apple is projected to unveil four different iPhone models this year, all featuring OLED panels and 5G support.

Apple will soon introduce a feature called CarKey on its iOS software.

Unlock your car with digital keys
BMW will be one of the first Automobile companies to support this feature. Pixabay

Now that payment deadlines have been relaxed due to COVID-19, the Moneycontrol Ready Reckoner will help keep your date with insurance premiums, tax-saving investments and EMIs, among others.

The iPhone key feature will also support Express Mode to allow unlocks without biometric authentication and Power Reserve, so it'll continue to work up to five hours after an iPhone battery dies. With an upcoming software update, the iPhone can soon unlock and start a vehicle like a standard key.

Apple on Monday will hold its annual conference for software developers, rolling out new features in its operating systems for iPhones and iPads and possibly signaling a departure from Intel's nearly 15-year run supplying Mac computer processors.

The digital key uses NFC technology.

But first, in the revamped App Maps app there's a new setting to see where you can charge up at public charging stations for an EV that doesn't care about nearby gas stations.

A similar feature is available on Android devices with BMW cars. Its members include major automakers and tech companies such as Apple, BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Samsung and Volkswagen.

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