In today’s world, everything is getting smart, and the BMW Group is not left behind. The BMW Group has launched a new feature, Digital Key Plus, which allows you to unlock and start your car with your smartphone. The feature was initially available only on Apple devices, but now, it is also available on Android devices.
What is Digital Key Plus?
Digital Key Plus is a new feature that allows you to use your smartphone to unlock and start your BMW. The feature was launched in 2021, initially available only on Apple devices, but it is now also available on smartphones with Android operating systems. The Digital Key Plus has the same functionality as a classic vehicle key with comfort access functionality.
The BMW Group worked in collaboration with key partners like Google to develop the corresponding specification for Digital Key Plus with partners and established it as a global standard for the automotive industry via the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). The CCC is the global driving force for vehicle connectivity for all smart mobile devices.
The Digital Key Plus is now available on current Samsung Galaxy S23+, Ultra and Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphone models, and a number of older models with suitable hardware. Samsung devices must be running Android 13.1 or later, and the Galaxy S23+, S23 Ultra, S22+, S22 Ultra, S21+, S21 Ultra, Z Fold4, Z Fold3, Note20 Ultra (in markets with Samsung Wallet: Bahrain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Qatar). Google devices must also be running Android 13.1 or later, and the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 6 Pro.
A smartphone with Digital Key Plus completely replaces the vehicle key with extended functionality made possible using ultra-wideband technology (UWB). This is a digital radio technology for close range with high bandwidth, which features very precise localization with the maximum possible security. The precision of UWB also ensures that the risk of relay attacks, where the radio signal is jammed or intercepted, is virtually eliminated.
Digital Key Plus is a highly secure feature as it is based on ultra-wideband technology, which features very precise localization with the maximum possible security. The precision of UWB also ensures that the risk of relay attacks, where the radio signal is jammed or intercepted, is virtually eliminated.
Identical Functionality Across All Platforms
The BMW Group has set the goal to offer digital vehicle access for all customers – irrespective of the operating system of the smartphone they use. The next important development stage on the way to this goal is now to be able to offer the full range of comfort access functions on Android devices.
As recently as December 2022, the BMW Group launched a further expansion stage for Digital Key based on collaboration with partners like Apple and Google, meaning secure, cross-platform sharing of Digital Key between iPhone and compatible Android devices via email, SMS, or any other messaging service.