After announcing plans to add digital car keys to its phones during the launch of the Galaxy S21, Samsung has finally started adding support for this feature.
The company says that support for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and NFC-enabled digital car keys will make their way in South Korea first, and will only work with one vehicle initially, the all-electric Genesis GV60.
Samsung promises Passive Entry technology for broadband-enabled devices, the Galaxy S21 Plus and Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 3, which means you can unlock and lock your car without having to take your phone out of your bag or pocket. With your phone close by, you’ll also be able to start your car, make adjustments to the mirrors and seats, and more.
The digital keys are stored in the Samsung Pass app, protected by an “embedded Secure Element (eSE)” and, according to the company, can be shared with anyone with an Android 11 phone with their app downloaded.
Currently, this access technology only supports one type of vehicle in one region, but Samsung has partnerships with Audi, BMW, and Ford. We hope that car manufacturers will add support for Samsung Pass soon, especially after Genesis launched the scene and was the first to adopt this feature. The Verge has also written to the company for details on when to support more cars and regions.
Also, since Samsung supports NFC for keys, older Galaxy phones running Android 11 should be able to use this feature.
Samsung now uses both UWB and NFC for two key features on its phones: digital car keys, and finding things with the Galaxy SmartTag, which it announced in January.
That puts it in direct competition with Apple, which introduced the digital car keys feature powered by the U1 chip alongside iOS 14.
Source: The Verge
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