BMW and Apple have just made it easier to leave your keys at home with a new digital key that does away with the need for traditional car keys. Apple’s new CarKey is part of iOS14 or iOS13.
BMW is the first automaker to partner with Apple to launch its new digital key, which lets drivers tap to unlock their BMW and turn it on without the traditional key. The owner can also give access to their vehicle to up to five friends through Apple Wallet.
Other carmakers already offer digital keys that have similar functionality, but they’re separate apps, not baked directly into Apple’s operating systems, with all of the advantages that can provide. Having a central place in iOS for car keys could also allow you to keep digital keys for multiple cars in one place.