Samsung has announced the launch of digital car keys for some time, and support for this function has been added to some mobile phones. This function relies on ultra-wideband (UWB) technology and an NFC chip, allowing users to unlock vehicles without using car keys when approaching them. The first model to support Samsung’s digital car keys is Genesis’s GV60 pure electric car, which belongs to Hyundai’s luxury car brand.
Samsung recently updated the digital car key support documentation, showing some models that can be used for BMW and Kia, including BMW’s 1 to 8 series, X5 to X7 series, Z4, i3, iX, i4, and Kia’s Niro and Genesis G90.
Owners of these models can unlock vehicles with their Samsung Galaxy series mobile phones, and can also open doors, start engines, and adjust the position of seats and side-view mirrors. However, at present, only Genesis models can be automatically unlocked, because they use ultra-wideband technology, and BMW and Kia models need to touch their mobile phones.
Samsung’s digital car keys are only applicable to some Galaxy phones, including:
- Galaxy S22 series,
- Galaxy S21 series,
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra,
- Galaxy Z Fold2,
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 and
- Galaxy Z Flip 3 models.
Currently, this function is temporarily limited to South Korea, and it is not clear when Samsung will choose to promote it. In addition, when Samsung’s digital car key function was first launched, Audi and Ford cooperated with Samsung. We don’t know when the two models will provide support.