Together with its partners BMW – in the context of the Car Connectivity Consortium – is continuing to press ahead with the development and distribution of the BMW Digital Key.
BMW Digital Key is now extended to Android operating system-based smartphones. However, not just any Android phone can serve as a BMW Digital Key.
BMW is starting with Samsung Galaxy S21 Series and Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This means users of Samsung Galaxy S21 Series and Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro can now unlock and lock their BMW by holding the phone next to the handle of the driver’s door.
When in the cabin, the engine can also be started when the mobile phone is placed in the BMW wireless charging compartment.
The BMW Digital Key is stored on the secure element of the smartphone and it can be easily configured using My BMW app. In future releases, BMW plans on letting you share the key to five friends and introduce functionalities based on UWB too.
For a start, the BMW Digital Key for Android Smartphones are limited to these models and regions:
Google Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro: U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore
Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+/S21 Ultra: France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.
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