Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S21 and during the launch of the S21 Samsung is also announced its plans for digital car keys in its phones! Finally, the good news is here, Samsung is starting to add support for the feature. Samsung says support for the UWB (ultra-wideband) and NFC-capable digital car keys will hit South Korea first, and the good thing is it will only work with one car to start i.e. the all-electric Genesis GV60.
Samsung Digital car keys what’s you can do with this feature?
On the UWB supported devices the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 3- Samsung gave assurances on “passive entry” which means you can now unlock and lock your car without pulling your phone out from your pocket or bag. The best thing is now you can also start your car and make adjustments to several things like mirrors, seats, and much more.
The digital keys will store in Samsung Pass and protected by an “embedded secure element (ESE)”-According to Samsung, this can be shared with anyone running Android 11 with its app downloaded. That amounts to retrieving one type of car in one province right now, but Samsung has partnerships with some of the big and reputed car manufacturers like BMW, Ford, and Audi. Hopefully, those car manufacturers will include their support quickly now that Genesis has broken the seal. We have contacted Samsung for more details on when more cars and regions will be supported.
Also, since Samsung is associating NFC for keys, older Galaxy phones running with Android 11 should be able to get into the fun. Samsung now uses NFC and UWB for two headlining features on its smartphones: These digital keys and finding items with the Galaxy SmartTag it declared in January. That carries it in equivalent with Apple, which hosted digital car keys permitted by the U1 chip alongside iOS14.