A new technology will allow BMW iX owners to unlock, start, and lock their vehicle with nothing but an iPhone in their pocket.

BMW announced the new technology for the fully-electric iX SUV, first revealed in November 2020, providing a greater level of convenience for the driver.

The BMW Digital Key Plus uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology built into Apple iPhone models in recent years.

Using an iPhone as a key is becoming common practice in the industry, with BMW first unveiling a similar idea back in June 2020.

Unlike the June announcement, BMW’s Digital Key Plus only requires the iPhone to be within a certain range of the car, instead of having to be taken out and tapped or held next to the car.

The advantage means owners can keep their phone in their pocket or handbag, and they no longer need to keep a set of car keys on their person when leaving the house.

BMW and Apple have been working closely on the development of Digital Key Plus, and say it cannot be jammed or intercepted by thieves.

It’s expected the technology will filter down into other BMW products in the following years.

The 2022 BMW iX is due in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021, with online reservations now open.



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