Apple has today announced a host of new changes for CarPlay such as new wallpaper options, and dedicated tools for parking assistance, EV charging, and ordering food. But the biggest new feature announced by Apple at WWDC20 is Car Key – a new way to wirelessly unlock your car with an iPhone.
Car Key works with NFC and will first arrive on the 2021 BMW 5 series that debuts next month. One of the biggest security aspects will be the ability to disable it using iCloud. And for added convenience, users will be able to share keys through iMessage. Users need to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID to unlock their car, but they can enable an express unlock mode to avoid the hassle of taking out their iPhone from their pocket.
Plus, there will also be an option to restrict the driving profile of a car when you share Car Key access with a friend or family member. Which means just like sharing it, users will also have the option of revoking it. Car Key is brought to life by the in-house U1 security chip, and will be available for devices running iOS 13 as well.
Apple says Car Key will work up to five hours even after your iPhone’s battery has drained out. Car Key will be accessible in the Wallet app, and once users are in the car, they can position their iPhone on a reader or wireless charger to start the car. Apple says that it works with Apple Watch too. Here’s a look at the Car Key tab in the Wallet app:
[Update Note: This story was updated to add more details about Car Key and new images depicting it in the Wallet app.]