News Highlights: Apple’s CarKey to integrate Ultra Wideband technology, BMW among the first users later this year
BMW announced plans on Wednesday to update its Apple CarKey compatible Digital Key protocol with a more secure version that relies on Ultra Wideband radio technology, allowing users to replace physical key fobs with a compatible one. iPhone.
Dubbed Digital Key Plus, the new technology allows users to unlock and start their car without taking iPhone from a bag or pocket. That’s an improvement over the existing BMW Digital Key, which users have to hold on to iPhone up to a door handle to access, then place the device in an included Qi-compatible smartphone tray to start the vehicle.
Developed in partnership with Apple, BMW Digital Key Plus integrates with Apple’s CarKey API and relies on UWB’s security backbone and high precision to thwart breaches such as relay attacks that attempt to block or intercept digital key signals.
BMW expects to roll out the new technology with the iX, a fully electric ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ that will go to European dealers at the end of 2021 and …
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