Your Android Smartphone Will Also Work As A Car Key, Soon

As we advance in technology, our lives are becoming more convenient to live. Modern cars are being manufactured with keyless locking systems. And as you know, this new technology doesn't just offer great convenience alone, but it also saves you time, money, and you get to have an advanced security system.

But then is the drawback with this new advance, there lies a possibility that your FOB could end up lost at any moment, and that's where Google comes in to fix this issue. 

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Sooner than you think, your Android smartphone will double as a car key. Yes, you heard it right. Google's digital car key feature will make it possible for you to use your Android smartphone to unlock your car.

According to some new code spotted by XDA Developers in an update to the Google Play Services (v21.39.15), contains several new strings related to the Digital Car Key feature. This suggest that the launch might just take place during the Google Pixel 6 event, scheduled for October 19.

The Internet giant first announced it's support for keyless cars during Google I/O in May, two months after forming an alliance with hardware partners.

"To make your phone even more helpful, we're working wit car manufacturers to develop a new digital car key in Android 12. With this feature, you'll be able to lock, unlock and even start your car from your phone," Erik Kay, VP of Engineering Android said.

Once this feature goes live, there will be two options for unlocking your car. You can use NFC to open your car door with a quick tap, or you can leave your phone in your pocket while UWB takes care of everything. 

"By using Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, you won't even have to take your phone out to use it as a car key. And for NFC-enabled car models, it's as easy as tapping your phone on the car door to unlock it. Since it's all digital, you can also securely and remotely share your car key with friends and family if they need to borrow your car," Erik Kay said.

Users will get a prompt once the feature rolls out, and will need to set up a password-protected lock screen and will also have to install a specific digital car service. 

Android users in supported regions will receive a notification about the digital keys once Google Play Services has been updated. As for others, they will have to wait for the feature to arrive on their device or region.

Google isn't the only one working to implement a digital car keys feature. Apple is also said to be planning to add a similar feature to iOS 15.

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