You may be able to unlock Tesla's next car with your iPhone
What you need to know
- FCC documents filed by Tesla hint at future cars supporting ultra-wideband communication.
- The feature would allow cars to be unlocked by digital car keys like the one Apple currently supports.
As reported by The Verge, FCC documents submitted by Tesla hint that the company's next car may support ultra-wideband communication, suggesting that the car may be able to be unlocked by digital car keys like the one that Apple demoed at WWDC 2020.
As noted by the outlet, three of the products listed in the FCC documents submitted by Tesla support ultra wideband communication:
The report notes that, since the implementation of the technology is standards-based, it should be compatible with digital car key technology currently being developed by companies like Apple and Samsung.
BMW was the first company to support Apple's digital car key feature. The feature lets users unlock their car with either their iPhone or Apple Watch. Their digital key is stored in the Wallet app, and key owners can also choose to share their key with other trusted users to have access to the car.
Hyundai has also announced that it will support the feature later this year.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.