Good news for Apple. The “invention” of opening the car with the iPhone that the company has dubbed Car key it has been accepted by the automotive industry, incorporating it into the Digital Key Release 3.0 specification.
Now, new cars manufactured to this specification, will be compatible with the Apple car key. Hopefully this will soon cease to be just one more detail of premium cars and be standardized across the entire vehicle lineup.
One of the novelties announced by Apple in the past WWDC21 On iOS 15, extended car key support lets you unlock, lock, and start your car without having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.
Well, before the official launch of iOS 15 This fall, the Automotive Connectivity Consortium officially released the Digital Key Release 3.0 specification and made it available to automotive component manufacturers.
The car key integrates the ultra broadband connection of the U1
This specification incorporates support for ultra-wideband connectivity and low-power Bluetooth. This means that Apple’s car key function can now access the chip Ultra wideband U1 integrated into the current iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 ranges.
The car key function allows you unlock, lock and start your car without having to take your iPhone out of your bag or pocket. Ultra Wideband provides prec ise spatial knowledge, ensuring that you cannot lock your iPhone in your car or start your vehicle when the iPhone is not inside the car.
The latest version deals with security and ease of use by authenticating the digital key between a vehicle and the mobile device via Bluetooth low power consumption. Mobile devices create and store digital keys in a secure element that offers the highest level of protection against hardware or software attacks.
UWB offers safe and accurate distance measurement that allows cars to locate authenticated mobile devices so that version 3.0 not only prevents attacks, but also adds a new level of comfort when entering, interacting and logging in. starting the car.
Specification Digital key version 3.0 it also maintains support for NFC to ensure backward compatibility, the consortium explained.