Apple today released the first beta version of iOS 13.4 for developers and a new feature arrived with the update that caught the eye. How about opening and closing your car doors with your iPhone?
IOS 13.4 contains references to an API called "CarKey", this API makes it possible to use the iPhone and also the Apple Watch to open, close and also start a car.
According to the internal system files, users will be able to use CarKey in NFC compatible cars, as they only need to hold the device close to the vehicle to use it as a key.
There is no need to authenticate with Face ID, similar to what happens with express transport cards. It also means that the feature works even with the iPhone or Apple Watch without a battery.
To use CarKey, you will be holding the iPhone or Apple Watch close to the player. The process will take place automatically, without the need for Face ID. You can change the express mode settings in the Wallet.
The pairing process will be done through the Wallet app, and then the car manufacturer’s app will need to continue with the setup. Users must place the iPhone on top of the car's NFC reader during the initial process and then CarKey will be available in the Wallet app. After that, the key can be easily added to the Apple Watch.
Another interesting piece of information is that CarKey can be shared with other people, such as family members. Drivers can also invite them through the Wallet app to have key access on their own Apple devices.
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It looks like Apple is already working with some automakers to implement CarKey, but it probably won't be available to everyone until iOS 13.4 is officially released.
As new information about CarKey becomes available, we will update this publication.