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  • BMW Has Released CarKey app

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      • #2277394 Reply
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        How does Car Key work?
        With Car Key, drivers can replace physical keys with their iPhone. As Apple demonstrated during the WWDC 2020 keynote, you can simply hold your iPhone close to the car’s door handle to unlock it using NFC technology…. If you have an iPhone 11 or later, you don’t even have to take your iPhone out of your pocket to unlock the doors or start the car thanks to the U1 chip….

        Car Key is compatible with these devices listed below:

        iPhone XR
        iPhone XS
        iPhone XS Max
        iPhone 11
        iPhone 11 Pro
        iPhone 11 Pro Max
        iPhone SE (2nd gen)
        Apple Watch Series 5
        Not every car will work with Car Key. BMW is the first car manufacturer to announce Car Key support, and it’s adding the feature to the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M, and Z4 models manufactured after July 1, 2020.

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        This is one of those things that sounds really neat at first, until you start thinking about the ramifications.  And also what BMW is doing soon regarding subscription “value-add-on” services for their vehicles.

        Stolen favorite comment from another site:

        Mercedes: “Our cars have a reputation for massive depreciation.”

        BMW: “Halte mein Bier!”

        Disclosure:  I own a BMW that is not ever going to get these features – and now I believe it might depreciate a little less over time – because someone will want it without the new “features.”

        ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        They already have subscription services for some things, generally ones that require data over the air, e.g. advanced voice control (Alexa in your car). Understandable given someone has to pay for the data and there are no ads. 🙂

        cheers, Paul

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          BMW had monthly subscription for adding and using Apple’s CarPlay.

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