Apple’s auto key feature now works with some Hyundai vehicles

Since its launch in 2020, Apple’s digital key feature has only been supported by a few BMW models.

Back in January, Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman claimed that the feature would expand to some Hyundai brands such as Genesis “by summer.”

It now appears that this is about to happen. As spotted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its CarPlay website to indicate that the 2022 Genesis GV60, 2022 G90, and 2022 Kia Niro now support this feature.

It’s not clear if the CarKey functionality is already widely available on those models or if Hyundai is only now working on it.

A Kia spokesperson also told the outlet that it will have more information on the availability of the digital key in the coming weeks.

While car manufacturers have been offering smartphone remote controls for a while, CarKey is different, as it treats your iPhone and Apple Watch like a physical key.

To use this feature, simply bring your phone or smartwatch to your car door handle to unlock it. Some cars also allow you to turn on the feature by placing your device near the ignition button. And with the latest iPhones that come with a U1 chip, you don’t even need to remove your phone from your pocket to get to your car.

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