Our favorite Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi brings a new function in cooperation with a German premium car manufacturer BMW. This is digital key for cars, which you can have in your digital wallet directly in your Xiaomi smartphone.
Xiaomi and BMW: Digital car key
The American brand Apple launched its own software feature called Digital Car Key back in 2020. Soon after the release, a number of Android OEMs started working on developing their alternative. And the Chinese is now coming up with a similar solution Xiaomi directly in cooperation with the automotive giant BMW.
We learned about this news at this year's event MWC 2023, right during the presentation of the flagship series of smartphones Xiaomi 13. The representative of the brand said that it is the Chinese manufacturer that will make its digital key function available to the owners of selected cars of the brand BMW already at the beginning of the second quarter of this year. So if your car supports this function
The digital key allows you to lock, unlock and even start the vehicle. This option is useful if you need to rent a car to someone. Instead of borrowing a physical car key, just sharing your digital car key will suffice. The digital key is compatible with Google Wallet and other platforms.
The manufacturer also thought of safety measures
Cooperation with BMW is a significant step forward for both companies. BMW is known for its production of luxury vehicles and Xiaomi is the leader in the consumer electronics market. And cutting-edge technology is what unites these companies and sectors and meets the modern demands of consumers.
The convenience provided by the digital key from Xiaomi is one of its primary advantages. Instead of a large set of keys, it's enough to use a smartphone that you already have in your pocket. In this way, you also eliminate concerns about possible loss or theft of the physical key or the fear of the battery of your physical key running out.
In addition, however, there is no lack of improved security. In terms of security measures, the digital key uses technology encryption, which prevents unauthorized access to the vehicle. This means that only an authorized user can unlock the vehicle, again eliminating the risk of theft. If your smartphone is lost or stolen, the digital key can be deactivated remotely, thus guaranteeing the safety of your BMW vehicle.
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