In 2020, Apple introduced a digital car key feature that allows users to unlock and start a compatible car by holding an iPhone or Apple Watch to the driver's side door. Car keys are stored in the Wallet app just like a credit card. This feature is currently limited to select BMW, Kia and Genesis vehicles.
Apple collaborated with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other organizations to create an industry standard. to exchange digital keys between platforms. As part of that effort, Apple today announced that iPhone users can now share their Wallet app car keys with Pixel device users through apps like Messages, Mail, and WhatsApp. Simply select your car key from the Wallet app, tap the Share button, and follow the instructions.
Apple says Google will soon expand this feature to select other smartphones running Android 12 or later.
Key exchange support was enabled on iPhones running iOS 16.1 at the end of October. Apple lays out more information about key sharing in the Wallet app in a support document, including steps to revoke shared car key access.
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