Instead, keys can be easily transferred to friends or family from the wallet using the native “share” feature known from many apps. This means that digital BMW key sharing now takes the form of a simple link submission. The key can be sent via e-mail, SMS or any other messaging service eg. WhatsApp. The recipient does not need a specific app or BMW ID. To add the digital key to their wallet, all they have to do.
The BMW Group continues to pilot the digitization of access to its vehicles in a development partnership with Apple and Google. BMW digital keys can now be shared across multiple platforms between iPhone and Android devices. Previously, keys could only be shared via Apple iMessage. There is no longer a need for a specific application or a defined transmission method.
If the owner and recipient are standing side by side, the key can also be shared via nearby Apple AirDrop or Android. In some cases, an activation code may need to be entered into the media for security reasons, ideally the sender will communicate with the receiver via a different channel. Once the digital key is received on the iPhone, the recipient can easily add it to the Apple Watch.
This latest update is the result of close cooperation between BMW and partners Apple, Google and Samsung under the auspices of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). It marks another major milestone for the BMW Digital Key on the way to achieving full cross-platform interoperability – and ensuring the smartphone’s status as the vehicle’s digital key.
This new function is available for all new vehicles with BMW Digital Key or BMW Digital Key Plus. Properly equipped older vehicles will be able to fully utilize this feature once their software has been updated to “22-11” or later through a remote software upgrade. Cross-platform sharing will initially be available for iPhone and compatible Google smartphones*, with Samsung models expected soon.