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Apple spotted preparing to add support for more digital car keys – is your vehicle on the list?

APPLE is working on adding Hyundai and Build Your Dreams (BYD) to its list of manufacturers compatible with its digital car keys.

Apple digital car keys allow users to lock, unlock, and start their vehicles via a pass stored in the Wallet app on iPhone or Apple Watch.

A driver uses a their smartphone’s digital key to unlock their car
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A driver uses a their smartphone’s digital key to unlock their carCredit: Hyundai

Ultra-Wideband with Express Mode in iOS 15 can automatically lock and unlock a compatible car as you approach without needing to wake your device,  reports.

This action is known as a passive vehicle entry or exit.

BMW was the first auto manufacturer to make some of its models compatible with Apple’s digital car keys in 2020.

Several Kia and Genesis models followed BMW’s lead soon after.

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The Hyundai and BYD news broke over the past few days as Apple was spotted adding the two car manufacturers to their Apple Pay configuration file,  reports.

Apple has a similar pending request for Genesis from September, according to .

Genesis is a luxury brand of Hyundai.

BYD is a lesser-known auto manufacturer compared to Hyundai.

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BYD is a Chinese automaker that’s working on expanding into other countries.

BYD announced that they’d be moving from manufacturing gas-powered cars to focusing on making all-electric and plug-in hybrids this past April.

 lists its digital key usage requirements as:

  • A compatible car. Contact your manufacturer or your dealership to find out whether or not your car is compatible
  • An iPhone XS or later, or iPhone SE (2nd generation), with the latest version of iOS, or an Apple Watch Series 5 or later, or Apple Watch SE, with the latest version of watchOS. To use passive entry or the remote features on compatible cars, you need an iPhone 11 or later or an Apple Watch Series 6 or later
  • An Apple ID signed into iCloud

A Bloomberg report suggests that Hyundai and BYD models will be compatible with Apple’s digital car keys by Summer’s end.

BYD car
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BYD carCredit: BYD

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