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Report: Apple's CarKey feature to expand beyond BMW with new automakers starting this summer

Added 01-16-22 09:31:02am EST - “After a year and a half, Apple is likely to expand its CarKey feature to more automakers as BMW keeps the only company supporting the technology.” - 9to5mac.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Report: Apple's CarKey feature to expand beyond BMW with new automakers starting this summer”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In 2020 at WWDC, Apple announced its CarKey feature. With that, drivers can unlock their cars with the U1 chip on selected iPhones and Apple Watches. Unfortunately, this function had a very slow rollout as only selected BMW models have it. Now, a new report indicates this is about to change.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter, Apple’s CarKey feature is set for its first expansion beyond BMW. Gurman said he’s been told that models from Hyundai and its Genesis line “will roll out by the summer.”

Remember CarKey, the Apple feature announced a year and a half ago that lets you unlock and start your car from your iPhone’s Wallet app? I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re unfamiliar with it, given that Apple hasn’t discussed the feature in a while and it only works on select BMW models. I’m told that’s going to change soon. In line with code findings several months ago in iOS 15, I’m hearing that the next cars to get support for the feature will be models from Hyundai and its Genesis line. I’m told the functionality will roll out by the summer.

Gurman points out that this CarKey partnership is “a bit of a twist considering Apple and Hyundai’s public tussle over the Apple car’s production about a year ago.”

Early last year, a burst of reporting suggested a deal between Hyundai and Apple for Apple Car production was imminent. But after a month, Bloomberg reported that Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia Motors said that they aren’t in discussions with Apple about a self-driving car.


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