Google launches Android 12 with new car smart key feature


The smartphone will act as a key to the car. The technology will first be available for foreign BMW cars.

An Android smartphone will soon be able to unlock and start the car with a digital key. The latest version of the Android 12 operating system will be able to replace the standard key in compatible cars.

Certain 2021 models from BMW will include this technology. Going forward, other car manufacturers will follow suit. This technology takes the smartphone one step closer to becoming the only equipment it needs.

The digital key works in two ways. Owners can lock and unlock their vehicles without even looking at the screen. This method uses ultra wideband (UWB) technology. According to TechCrunch, with this technology, the car transmits a radio signal that can be picked up by a mobile device, recognizing which direction it is going.

Many automakers have already released dedicated apps, whereas Android 12 does not require downloading any app for a new digital key.

The second method will be using Near Field Communication (NFC). This technology will allow cars to be unlocked with one touch of the phone to the door handle. Car owners will be able to share access with friends or family members through their personal phones.

Google’s ad follows in the footsteps of Apple, which has already given its users access to a similar digital key via iPhone and Apple Watch.

Google said the technology will be available on select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy models later this year. Google, Apple and Samsung are part of the Car Connectivity Consortium. Concerns BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen are also included there.

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