The bond between smartphone and connected car continues to strengthen with Apple’s latest operating system for iPhone and updates to Apple CarPlay, the tech giant announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. 

Apple said its latest operating system, iOS 14, gives users a secure way to unlock and start their car via iPhone or Apple Watch. That digital key can also be shared with another person via a text message. Owners can give access to their car, and guests can drive it, bring it back—take it to the car wash and fill it up while they’re at it. If a device is lost, the digital car key can be disabled.

The first vehicle to get Apple CarKey later this year is the 2021 BMW 5-Series, which was also the first vehicle to feature wireless Apple CarPlay. Good thing because BMW fobs carry weight.

Apple CarKey

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