Apple's ground-breaking upcoming feature lets owners share car keys via message
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Car keys have come a long way from the times that you could open almost any car on the street with a fork with two prongs bent back, and have now evolved past a physical key.
Instead, cars that are NFC-compatible can use a key that has been installed in your phone, or a card. One Tesla owner wanted to be able to unlock her Model 3 without any of this, so had the chipped surgically embedded in her arm.
If you're like the majority of the people, and are content with simply using a phone, Apple is about to make car-sharing a whole lot easier thanks to the ability to "send" keys through the message app.
Using the same technology as Apple Pay, which removes the need for a traditional wallet, the software company is about to replace that manky old key ring with a Carkey that lives in the Wallet app.
Obviously, this ability is exclusive to NFC-compatible cars, so your old Corolla won't be able to make use of this tech, but the BMW should.
Available in the upcoming iOS 13.4 update, the keys will be able to be shared with people in individual conversations, but won't be available in group chats due to security reasons.
Owners will also be able to grant others temporary access to their vehicle, and revoke it when finished. This would be useful for a valet driver or a mechanic, permanent access is also an option.
It will take a while for this technology to catch on in the wider car market, as manufacturers will have to install NFC readers from the factory.
As mentioned, this feature is rumoured to launch alongside iOS 13.4 which is set for a March 31 release.