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Now you can unlock, lock and start your car using Apple iPhone

The iOS 13.4 reportedly has features such as the iCloud folder sharing, new Memoji stickers and a modified Mail toolbar.

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: February 7, 2020  | 13:34 IST
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Highlights

  • The iOS 13.4 apparently has a feature called CarKey.
  • The Carkey feature will only work with cars compatible with NFC.
  • The feature will enable you to lock,unclock and start your car.

Apple rolled out the first beta of iOS 13.4 with a set of new features for its users. The iOS 13.4 reportedly has features such as the iCloud folder sharing, new Memoji stickers and a modified Mail toolbar. However, the feature that is making the right kind of noise is the one that would turn an Apple iPhone into a car key.

As per reports published by 9to5M, the iOS 13.4 apparently has a feature called CarKey which will allow users to unlock, lock and start their car and turn it off. However, that would only work with vehicles compatible with NFC. Sounds interesting but how will it work?

The feature will work with any car that has field communication. You will have to pair your device with the car and using your Wallet app in the iPhone or Apple Watch, you can lock-unlock and turn on your car and turn it off. You also have the option of sharing your digital car key through the Wallet app with a friend or a relative, who can be trusted.

To set up the Carkey feature, place your iPhone or the Apple Watch on top of the NFC reader in your vehicle. The pairing might take several minutes initially so do not remove the iPhone from the NFC reader. If the pairing process fails, you can add the CarKey to the Wallet app using a PIN code. It is being predicted that Apple will roll out CarKey in the next few months considering it is packed with iOS 13.4

However, the CarKey feature is not something that is being introduced in Apple. For instance, carmaker Hyundai already has a digital key app for Android users only and it only works with specific models that are compatible with NFC.

As interesting as this new CarKey feature might sound, one cannot overlook the security threats that this feature will bring along. For example, if someone steals your iPhone, locates your car and manages to activate your Wallet app, there are chances that the car will start and you will probably lose it. So you must pay utmost attention to the security of your car. You should have your carmakers app installed on your device that would enable you to use the CarKey function. So if anyone tries to access your car from their phone they clearly won't be able to do so.
Be very sure about who you share your digital car key with, a car is an expensive thing and you clearly wouldn't like it to get misused.

For now, you can only wait for Apple to roll out the CarKey feature. It would be interesting to see which car-manufacturers will sign up for it and which cars it will work for. Only then you will be able to understand whether you really needed this feature or not.

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