Digital car keys can be shared between iPhone and Pixel users

Car Key can now be used on iPhone and Pixel devices


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Google has released an update for Pixel phones that allows users to send and receive digital car keys to iPhone users.

Apple first introduced support for digital car keys in iOS 13.6, and Pixel users can now exchange keys with iPhone users. Google says that the cross-platform sharing feature will come to Android 12 in a later update.

Digital car keys are only available in some new car models. Users can set up to unlock their car with their iPhone or Apple Watch thanks to a key stored in Apple Wallet.

One of the features of digital car keys is the ability to share them via message or email. Apple users were able to send a deleted key to another iPhone user via iMessage, and now, thanks to a Pixel update, the keys can be used across platforms.

Digital key management works the same regardless of which direction the key is passed. Generate a pre-shared key on iPhone or Pixel and then share it with the opposite platform with the ability to revoke access to the key at any time.

The car key is only available for some new vehicles and the aftermarket solution is not available — for now. Cross-platform functionality is only available for Pixel users for now, but it will be extended to other Android 12 users soon.

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