iPhone and Apple Watch can now replace car keys in more models

Apple car key Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is getting an exciting upgrade: support for the Apple Car Key feature. This feature allows drivers to use their iPhone and Apple Watch as a replacement for traditional key fobs or physical car keys. With the Car Key feature, drivers can lock, unlock, and start their vehicles by simply holding their iPhone or Apple Watch near the car’s NFC reader.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Gets Apple Car Key Support: A Convenient Upgrade for Drivers

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But the benefits of the Car Key feature don’t stop there. The main user of the Mercedes me account can assign various rights to other users. Allowing them access to the vehicle or even the ability to drive it. The car can recognize multiple users at the same time. And up to 16 people can use the digital car key. Sharing the key is also easy and convenient, as it can be sent through AirDrop, iMessage, and other messaging services. The recipient can then add the key to their own Apple Wallet.

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The Car Key feature isn’t just for Mercedes-Benz vehicles either. Many other companies, including BMW, Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, and BYD, already offer this feature to their customers. And now, the British sports car company Lotus is also jumping on board and adding support for Car Key.

If you’re worried about running out of battery on your phone, fear not. The latest iPhone models allow you to use the Car Key feature even if your smartphone is dead. The keys are stored in the Wallet app on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Making it easy to access and share with others.

In conclusion, the addition of the Car Key feature to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a welcome upgrade that makes it even easier and more convenient for drivers to access and use their vehicles. And with more and more car companies offering this feature, it’s clear that the days of physical car keys may soon be a thing of the past.

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