Apple has launched a new iOS app, Car Keys Tests for car manufacturers to test the integration of its digital Car Key service.
The tech company introduced the Car Key feature in 2020 for users to add a digital version of the car key in the wallet app and the NFC chip in compatible iPhone and Apple Watch models to unlock, lock and start their vehicles. However, the service is only supported by a handful of automobile manufacturers like BMW, Kia, and Genesis and is available in select models.
Apple’s new ‘Car Keys Tests’ app currently available via a direct link
It is likely that Apple has launched the new ‘Car Keys Tests’ to speed up the adoption of its digital car key feature. The new app is designed for automobile companies to “test and validate” requirements for the certification process for Car Key easily.
However, the app is not yet listed on the App Store and can only be accessed via a direct link.
For use by MFi Licensees only. Use the Car Keys Tests app to test and validate connection, performance, and other key requirements for the certification process of the vehicles you develop that incorporate Apple digital car keys technology. For more information about Car Keys certification, visit the MFi Portal at mfi.apple.com.
Car Key is currently available on iPhone XS or later, or iPhone SE (2nd generation) running on the latest iOS version, and Apple Watch Series 5 or later, or Apple Watch SE on the latest watchOS version.
Previously, Apple added support for Car Keys on Google Pixel on Android 12, the first compatible Android device.
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