Apple’s CarKey to incorporate Ultra Wideband technology, BMW among early adopters later this year

Apple's CarKey to incorporate Ultra Wideband technology, BMW among early adopters later this year

BMW on Wednesday announced plans to update its Apple CarKey-compatible digital key protocol to a more secure version that relies on Ultra Wideband radio technology, allowing users to replace physical key fobs with a iPhone.

Dubbed Digital Key Plus, the new technology allows users to unlock and start their cars without taking iPhone in a bag or pocket. This is an improvement over the existing BMW digital key, which requires users to hold iPhone up to a door handle to enter and then place the device in a supplied Qi-compatible smartphone tray to start the vehicle.

Developed in partnership with Apple, BMW Digital Key Plus integrates with Apple’s CarKey API and leverages UWB’s security backbone and high precision to thwart breaches such as relay attacks that attempt to scramble or intercept digital key signals.

BMW plans to roll out the new technology with the iX, a fully electric “sports activity vehicle” expected to arrive at European dealerships in late 2021 and…

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