A code discovered in the iOS 15 configuration reveals that Apple might release CarKey support for Genesis cars, the luxury vehicle division of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Currently, only BMW models, manufactured after 2020, are compatible with Apple’s digital key: 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 8 Series, X5, X6, X7, X5 M, X6, Z4, and iX, The feature might soon include Genesis models.
Apple allows owners of compatible cars to add digital CarKey in the Wallet app which enables them to unlock and start their vehicles via their iPhone or Apple Watch, without using the physical key. Car owners can also share their digital CarKey with other family members or others. Digital Key 3.0 supports Ultra-Wideband and Bluetooth LE connectivity to introduce location-aware keyless access and location-aware features which allows owners to unlock their cars without taking their iPhones out of the bag or pocket.
iOS 15 code lists Genesis as a “partner” for CarKey support
As per MacRumors, iOS 15 code covering Apple Pay’s NFC feature references “Genesis as a “partner” for supported car access terminals.” Genesis’ 2021 GV80 and G80 models offer support for digital keys for Android smartphones but neither Genesis nor Hyundai has announced plans to release CarKey support.
Earlier this year, it was reported that more automobile manufacturers will add support for Apple’s digital key; Hyundai will expand its digital key support from Samsung and LG Android smartphones to iPhones by the end of 2021, after obtaining digital key API from Apple. Tesla’s FCC filing listed support for ultra-wideband communication which is presumed to support Apple’s digital key.
All users need to add a Car Key to the Wallet app, iPhone XS or newer model on the latest version of iOS or Apple Watch Series 5 or a newer model on the latest version of watchOS. They have to be the owner of the account provided by the car’s manufacturer and make sure that the compatible car is connected to the account.