The iPhone can now share your car key with Android smartphones

Apple continues to work with the IETF to expand this functionality to more vehicles.

The times change. And a lot. Whereas in the past we were in complete disbelief how it was possible to unlock a car door lock with a button from the key fob… nowadays we are not even surprised to discover that it is possible open a vehicle directly from an iPhone.

And it is totally normal, taking into account that in these times it is very natural to use the iPhone to make payments with Apple Pay through the NFC technology and many other curiosities.

Apple offers a feature known as Car Key that allows owners of certain vehicles open your doors by bringing your iPhone closer. Well, now they will be able to share the virtual key of their car with Android users, as they inform us from 9to5mac.

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Sharing Car Key with Android users is now possible

Car Key

Car Key is available in Wallet

This is the first time Apple has extended the use of Car Key beyond the list of iPhone and Apple Watch devices that support this functionality.

The Cupertino company is working with IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to expand iPhone Car Key to other platforms. The first implementation of this novelty has recently reached smartphones Google Pixel.

For its part, Google plans to offer support for this function for all devices compatible with Android 12 pronto.

Car Key

Only a small selection of vehicles are compatible with Car Key

For anyone who is not familiar with this function and wants to know something more about it, Car Key is a feature developed in the Cartera application that is intended to unlock the doors of a vehicle and start it in the same way that payments are made contactless via Apple Pay. It is available for iPhone and Apple Watch. And all you have to do is move the device closer to the door!

Sharing Car Key with other users was previously possible through the Apple Wallet app sending a message from Messages or WhatsApp and even through Mail. However, the keys could only be shared with other iPhone users. From now on it will also be possible to do the same with Android smartphones.

This is certainly great news for any family whose members do not share the same predilections for smartphones and operating systems. And how wonderful is the world of technology!

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