February 7, 2023

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iPhone users can share car keys in Wallet with non-iPhone users • Eureka News Now

Apple iPhone users with iOS 16.1 software can now share car keys in their wallet with non-iPhone users, starting with Google Pixel devices. Apple says this feature will be expanded to other devices running Android 12+ in the future.

Apple says it has been working with the Internet Engineering Task Force and other industry players to establish a standard for cross-platform digital key exchange. Keys can be shared via email, SMS and WhatsApp.

When Apple first released digital car keys in 2020, iPhone users could share their keys through iMessage, Apple’s instant messaging service.

Of course, key sharing only works with cars that are compatible with digital car keys. Apple didn’t share a list of compatible cars, instead instructing users to contact their automaker or dealer for an answer. To our knowledge, there are several 2021 and 2022 BMW models that can be unlocked and used via digital car keys on iPhones, Google Pixels and Samsung Galaxy devices. Both Apple’s and Google’s digital car keys also recently arrived on the 2022 Kia Niro, 2022 Genesis G90 and the all-electric 2022 Genesis GV60.

Apple’s digital car keys can usually be added to the Apple Watch (Series 5 or later, or the Apple Watch SE) with the latest version of watchOS, according to a post from Apple. It’s not clear yet if this cross-platform feature will come to Apple Watch users.

Apple’s digital car keys are one of the company’s many features that allow users to carry less stuff around. Perhaps one of the company’s most popular examples of this is Apple Pay, which syncs a user’s credit, debit, or prepaid card to their phone. Additionally, in certain states, iPhone users can now carry their driver’s license or ID card in their wallet, and at select Hyatt hotels, users can unlock their rooms with a digitally stored key.