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Digital car keys? Just see what Samsung is planning for its phones

With the Samsung digital car keys on phones you can unlock and lock your car without pulling your phone out of your bag or pocket. It will also enable users to start their vehicles and make adjustments to mirrors, seats, and more.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 20:46 IST
Samsung is all set to bring digital car keys to its smartphones. Samsung has inked partnerships with Audi, BMW, and Ford.
Samsung is all set to bring digital car keys to its smartphones. Samsung has inked partnerships with Audi, BMW, and Ford.

Samsung is on a quest to take its digital prowess across all segments of human activity that it may fit in. The latest news is that the South Korean tech conglomerate is looking to enter the car business through its smartphones. Whether it is interested, or not, in creating a Tesla like EV is still unclear, but it is definitely looking at bringing digital car keys to its smartphones.

Just to refresh the memory, Samsung had announced its plans to bring digital car keys tech to its phones during the Samsung Galaxy S21 launch. Now, just weeks later, Samsung has finally started to add support for the feature.

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Samsung says support for the ultra-wideband (UWB) and NFC-enabled digital car keys will hit South Korea first, and it will only work with one car to start, the all-electric Genesis GV60, according to The Verge.

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Where will digital car keys work?

On devices that support UWB, which are the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 3, Samsung has promised "passive entry," meaning you can unlock and lock your car without pulling your phone out of your bag or pocket.

Samsung now uses UWB and NFC for two headlining features on its phones, digital car keys and finding items with the Galaxy SmartTag it announced in January, The Verge reports. That brings it in parallel with Apple, which introduced digital car keys enabled by the U1 chip alongside iOS 14.

With your phone nearby, you'll also be able to start your car and make adjustments to mirrors, seats, and more.

Where will digital car keys be found?

The digital keys will be stored in Samsung Pass and protected by an "embedded Secure Element (eSE)" and, according to Samsung, can be shared with anyone running Android 11 with its app downloaded.

Which car manufacturers will it encompass?

This amounts to accessing one type of car in one region right now, but Samsung has partnerships with Audi, BMW, and Ford. Hopefully, those carmakers will add support soon now that Genesis has broken the seal. Also, since Samsung supports NFC for keys, older Galaxy phones running Android 11 should be able to get into the fun.

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First Published Date: 02 Oct, 13:01 IST
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