IOS 13.6 introduced the ability to use an iPhone as a car key. CarKey, of course, is not available for all cars, but only for the “elite” with its support, and the smartphone must be correct (XR / XS and newer).
Owners of new BMWs, cars of which were released after July 1, 2020, have access to this function, and soon they will not be able to take their smartphone out of their pocket at all.
BMW has announced Digital Key Plus, keyless vehicle access using an ultra-wideband (UWB) chip. The iPhone 11 (and later) and Apple Watch Series 6 have a U1 sensor that allows you to exchange data with high precision and speed. Unfortunately, it is not available in Russia, but Apple has received permission to test in the required frequencies, so that support may appear very soon. So Digital Key Plus uses the U1 sensor.
Smartphone keyless entry technology will debut in the BMW iX electric car, which will hit the European market later this year.