BMW has introduced Android smartphone house owners can now use hands-free expertise that opens your automotive along with your cellphone. The characteristic, often called the Digital Key Plus, will likely be accessible on the Samsung Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Extremely, Google Pixel 7 Professional and a variety of different newer Samsung units. Previous to this, it was solely accessible for anybody with an iPhone or Apple Watch.
The Digital Key Plus makes use of extremely wideband (UWB) digital radio expertise to perform the identical method any conventional key fob would: When your cellphone goes close to your automotive — from inside your pocket, bag or so on — it unlocks after which locks again up once more once you depart. It’s also possible to entry controls straight on the My BMW app to lock and unlock the automotive, open your trunk and management the temperature. The homepage lets you already know the standing of every characteristic, reminiscent of in case your automotive is definitely locked.
BMW beforehand launched its Digital Key for the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Google Pixel 6 telephones, however that characteristic required drivers to carry their cellphone as much as the door deal with. The hands-free choice is a small improve, however saves digging on your cellphone not less than. BMW additionally claims the UWB expertise’s precision nearly solely removes the chance of anybody jamming or intercepting the radio indicators.
The enlargement follows BMW’s December announcement that you may share a Digital Key between Apple and Google units. Principally, when you’re good sufficient to let a pal borrow your automotive for the weekend, they will use their cellphone to regulate it.
In the intervening time, you want a reasonably new automotive to utilize this new characteristic. Solely BMW vehicles constructed since November 2022 with Digital Key Plus expertise are appropriate with Androids. The corporate plans to make use of distant software program updates to finally develop entry to older fashions.