Samsung is introducing the digital car key feature, which will be launched in South Korea in the coming weeks. During the Galaxy S21 series launch, the company announced the news. The car key has finally been tested and is ready to launch in the Korean market. At present, the feature is in its initial phase and is compatible with only the all-electric GV60 by SUV.
In the first phase, the technology will be launched in the country that houses the company. However, soon, Samsung plans to bring it to India, Germany, and the Philippines in the second phase.
Samsung has enabled passive entry for users. The new digital car key feature will make it easier for car owners to unlock, lock or start their cars using their Samsung smartphone models. The new Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology has been used in the making of this feature.
Not only is it compatible with your device, but the digital car key control is transferable as well. When the user is not using the car, the control can be given to the other user. The technology supports devices including Galaxy Z Fold 2 and 3, Galaxy S21, Note 20 Ultra, and Ultra.
The company showcased how the technology will rescue users in a crowded parking lot in a recent meeting. With the help of an AR viewfinder in the smartphone, the digital car key will help the user find their car in the parking area.
“We’re actively working to expand our automobile partnerships with the goal of offering this feature across a wide variety of car makes and models,” a Samsung official said in a statement.
However, the company has not announced the list of automaker partners, and it is expected to be out once the initial phase gains success. It will roll out the technology for several cars and other automobile devices. Samsung has to speed up to gain the early-stage advantage. According to sources, Apple is likely to adopt UWB with its own version of digital digital car keys. The tech giant is waiting for automakers to get compatible with UWB.