Phone activated cars

Written by Kfir Kedem - July 15, 2020

Edited by Asaf Kedem

Have you ever wished you were able to carry less things in your pocket? Well, you don’t need a wallet anymore with your phone’s NFC, but you still need your car keys. Or at least you did. Apple now allows you to have a digital key. Similar to using a phone to replace a debit card, the digital key uses NFC. Therefore, as long as the phone is in close enough proximity to the car, it can be unlocked and switched on. The car owner will be able to “share” the key with four other people, as per their convenience.

Apple’s first supporter is BMW and the 2020 5-series will be compatible with the digital key. Ford will also be supporting Apple’s digital key very soon.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Although a nice concept, we’re worried about the implication of reduced security. Apple claim that using NFC technology would increase security as the thief would have to be in close proximity to the vehicle to steal it. If a thief is able to hack into the key, there is no reason they wouldn’t be able to get close to the car. Additionally, sharing the key with others might prove to be problematic as well. Apple’s digital key is an interesting concept, but only time will tell if it’s creating a solution or a potential problem.