Apple released the iOS 14 update last month. The most anticipated new feature is the CarKey that turns the iPhone into a "digital car key", which can be used not only to unlock the car, but also to start the car.
▲ CarKey can be used to open the car door.
The CarKey function is mainly operated by NFC, and the first vehicle supported is the 2021 BMW 5 series model to be released next month. Apple said that the company will work to standardize digital car keys and will use a new U1 ultra-wideband chip in the future instead of relying entirely on NFC. This means that in the future, even the mobile phone can be unlocked without taking it out.
According to Apple, the driver must first pair the iPhone with the CarKey of the car that supports this function. In this step, the mobile phone must be placed close to the car’s NFC, usually around the driver’s door handle.
According to the unlocking method set by the user, the door can be unlocked by face recognition or fingerprint scanning every time you approach the vehicle, but the biometric scanning can also be skipped through the quick mode. After entering the car, the driver can put the iPhone in his pocket or bag, and it can still drive normally.
▼Driving can share the digital car key with others and limit the other party's use time.
In addition, users can also share digital car keys with family members or other contacts through iMessage, and can limit the recipient's use time. If you lose your mobile phone while driving, you can turn off the digital car key through iCloud.
In fact, other automakers have recently begun to provide digital car keys with similar functions, but they are all in the form of independent apps, which are bound to be less advantageous than Apple directly implanting the operating system.
According to the technology news website "The Verge", Car Key may adopt the Digital Key Release 2.0 specification officially released by the Internet of Vehicles Alliance in May. Digital Key Release 2.0 uses NFC technology to achieve contactless communication between smart phones and vehicles, and supports scalable architecture for large-scale applications, thereby saving costs.
This article is taken from the Internet.