Apple’s upcoming feature will let you control your car with your phone

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Paris, France - December 13, 2016: Man pressing home button on the Apple CarPlay main screen in modern car dashboard. CarPlay is an Apple standard that enables a car radio or head unit to be a display and controller for an iPhone. It is available on all iPhone 5 and later with at least iOS 7.1.

Apple is slowly but surely eliminating the need to take anything with you except your iPhone, you heard it well.

The phone manufacturer is trying hard to replace the wallet with Apple Pay, and now it’s trying to take the place of your car keys with the new CarKey feature from the next OS release.

The new feature will essentially allow users to unlock, lock, and start certain NFC-compatible cars. The “keys” themselves can be seen in the Wallet app — and even shared with other people, directly through the Messages app.

Similar to smart house keys, it means you can temporarily grant access to a friend who might need to use your car, for example, and then revoke access when they’re done.

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When you share a key with a friend or family member, they’ll be able to use it by holding their phone to an NFC reader inside of the car.

You can permanently grant access to a car, like you might want to with your spouse or significant other, as well as temporarily grant access, like to a valet driver or a mechanic.

The feature will be locked behind features like Face ID or Touch ID to ensure that the person trying to access the car actually has permission.

Of course, it may take some time before CarKey is a widely used feature. That’s because car manufacturers will have to build NFC readers into their cars. As noted by MacRumors,

Apple is a member of the Car Connectivity Consortium, which recently announced the Digital Key 2.0 specification — which itself is based on NFC. As such, it won’t just be Apple pushing for NFC connectivity in cars — it may be a standardized feature over the next few years.

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The CarKey feature will likely launch officially alongside iOS 13.4, and it may be announced by Apple on stage at a rumored March 31 event.

Also rumored for that event is a new low-cost iPhone — though some reports indicate that the manufacturing of the upcoming device has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.