What you need to know
- BMW has unveiled a new Digital Key Plus feature.
- It will debut in its brand new all-electric BMW iX.
- It will use UWB to unlock your car from a distance rather than NFC.
BMW has announced a new upgraded version of its Digital Key feature that will use UWB in the iPhone to unlock its new BMW iX.
In a press release BMW stated:
Car Keys as previously used by Apple and BMW have worked with NFC to unlock your car door. Now, Digital Key Plus will unlock the potential of UWB and the U1 chip in the iPhone to unlock your car. It's also more secure, BMW says UWB's precision means relay attacks, jamming or intercepting a signal, are a thing of the past. BMW says it was worked closely with Apple and the Car Connectivity Consortium "to establish the Digital Key specification 3.0 for UWB", this is great news, as it means that beyond the new iX, more cars and manufacturers will be able to take advantage of this in future.
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