Today Apple released iOS 13.4 beta and new features have already been discovered, including a new “CarKey” API, as spotted by 9to5Mac:
iOS 13.4 contains references to a “CarKey” API, which will make it possible to use the iPhone and also the Apple Watch to unlock, lock and start the car. According to the system’s internal files, users will be able to use CarKey in NFC compatible cars, as they only need to hold the device near the vehicle to use it as a key.
This means you’ll soon be able to use your iPhone or Apple Watch and built-in NFC in these devices to enter, lock or start a compatible car.
iOS 13.4 beta says, “To use CarKey, hold iPhone or Apple Watch to reader. It will work automatically, without requiring Face ID. You can change express mode settings in Wallet.”
To setup the process, of linking an iPhone or Apple Watch to a supported automobile, the process begins with the Wallet app and your carmaker’s app.
Apple users just place their device on an NFC reader in an automobile to complete the setup process, adding the CarKey to Wallet, which can then be added to Apple Watch.
9to5Mac adds CarKey can be shared with others such as family members, with invites possible through the Wallet app. Family members will then be able to use their own iPhones or Apple Watches to gain access and start vehicles.
Apple’s excellent CarPlay has become a major buying factor when it comes to choosing a new car. With CarKey, that may be the next frontier as another car-buying requirement. It’s just another way to keep you within the Apple ecosystem.