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Apple has released a new app on the App Store, the Car Keys Tests app, designed to help car manufacturers test their integration with Apple’s Car Key feature. The feature enables users to add their car key to the Wallet app, and use their iPhone or Apple Watch to lock, unlock, and start their car.
Although the app is not visible on the App Store, users can access it using a direct link. According to the app’s description, it is designed to test and validate the connection, performance, and other key requirements for the certification process of vehicles that incorporate Apple digital car keys technology.
The Car Keys Tests app is specifically meant for use by MFi Licensees only, and it requires the user to sign in using their Apple Car Key credentials. The app’s screenshots reveal the testing process car manufacturers need to undertake to have their vehicles certified to be Car Key compatible.
This move by Apple is a sign that it is continuing to push forward with its vision of the digital car key as the future of car access. The feature has already been implemented in several vehicles, including BMW’s 2021 5 Series, and it is expected to gain more traction as more car manufacturers adopt the technology.
The Car Keys Tests app provides car manufacturers with a tool to ensure that their vehicles are compatible with Apple’s Car Key feature, allowing them to offer the feature to their customers. With the app’s release, Apple is making it easier for car manufacturers to adopt its technology, helping to speed up the adoption process and make the digital car key the norm in the near future.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, the digital car key is a natural evolution of the way we interact with our vehicles. Apple’s Car Key feature is at the forefront of this revolution, and with the release of the Car Keys Tests app, it is clear that Apple is committed to making this technology accessible to all.