Apple Feature “Carkey” Lets Others Have Access To Your Car By Message App

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Apple”s new feature “CarKey” now lets you send Digital Keys to people who want to have access to your car using its Messages app

You can imagine yourself sending your car keys as a message to people you want to give temporary access to your car. Weird? isn’t it. This means you do not have to give out your car keys anymore, just send it as a message to whoever needs your key.

Note that the digital message can only be sent to persons using the Messages app only apple devices such as an iPhone or an Apple watch. It is also important to note the feature cannot be shared in group conversations, but only to individuals.

A report from iOS 13.4 beta 2 says that “CarKey is not available in group conversations. You can send CarKey in conversations with an individual”. Sharing the key allows the individual them to have access using their Apple Watch or iPhone by holding the device near the NFC reader inside your car.

People who receive a digital key over the Messages app will see text letting them know how it works. “[Vehicle Owner] invited you to use their [Vehicle Model] with unlock & drive access. This allows you to use your ‌iPhone‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ to unlock/lock the car, start the engine and drive.” The report said.

CarKey access, like Apple Pay and Apple Cash, is authenticated biometrically using Face ID or Touch ID to make sure the person holding the ‌iPhone‌ is the person with permission to access a car, though there is an “Express Mode: that would presumably work without the need for authentication.

For those who do not know how to text messages on their Apple watch, here are few steps to take:
  1. Select the bright green Messages app which is called “balloon icon” from the Apple Watch’s home screen.
  2. Press firmly on the display to bring up the New Message icon.
  3. Tap the Add Contact field to select a recipient.
  4. Select Create Message.

Apple has however not given details on when the device will be rolled to new vehicles, anyways we keep anticipating.

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