Both BMW and Apple (in separate occasions) have shown us how their technologies and innovations to Digital Key can work together in harmony.
Today the automaker is looking ahead to an even more ambitious version with BMW Digital Key Plus. According to an announcement released today BMW says the technology willl launch with the iX all-electric SUV and will be based in Ultra-Wideband (UWB).
Currently, the BMW Digital Key allows you to use your iPhone as a virtual key for your car. It also means sharing access to the vehicle is easier, since up to five contacts can be granted their own virtual key too, through iMessage. Digital Keys can be preconfigured with limits for vehicle top speed, total available power, and even how high the audio system volume can be set, and to automatically expire after a certain period of time.
The difference is, however, that the BMW Digital Key Plus will make use of the Apple U1 UWB chip found in the latest generations of the iPhone. The big advantage is UWB’s position-awareness: rather than just knowing you’re near to the car, your BMW will will know exactly whereabouts you’re standing; you’ll also not necessarily need to take your phone out of your pocket or bag. According to BMW, “UWB’s precision also ensures that relay attacks, where the radio signal is jammed or intercepted, are not possible.”
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