Apple CarKey to replace car keys, CarPlay gets an upgrade

The days of needing your keys, phone, and wallet are about to be over thanks to Apple.

On Monday at the Silicon Valley-based tech company’s World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced CarKey as part of the iOS 14.0 iPhone operating system, which is scheduled for release this fall. An update of iOS 13 will support the feature as well. 

An iPhone with the iOS 14.0 operating system and CarKey will use the phone’s NFC chip to act as the vehicle’s key signal. The first vehicle to work with CarKey will be the 2021 BMW 5-Series, thanks to a partnership between Apple and BMW. Other vehicles and automakers will offer CarKey next year. The 5-Series was also the first vehicle with wireless Apple CarPlay

Users will hold their Apple NFC-equipped device, such as an iPhone or Apple Watch, next to the vehicle’s NFC reader, typically in the vehicle’s door handle,

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Twelve Times Toyota Got It Wrong

1958 Toyopet Crown

When you consider the response to the first car Toyota sold in the U.S., the 1958 Toyopet Crown, it’s a miracle that the company returned to sell a second one. Designed for Japanese roads where typical top speeds were about 40 mph, the Toyopet was never tested in America, and it proved to be thoroughly inadequate for our driving conditions. Its heavy-gauge steel body (an attempt to counter the reigning American opinion of the era that “Made in Japan” meant “cheap crap”) completely overwhelmed its 60-hp engine, with 0-60 mph taking an excruciating 25.9 seconds. It overheated on hills, shook like a terrified chihuahua on the highway, and its brakes proved to be nearly as inadequate as the engine. U.S. sales were so dire that Toyota stopped trying in 1961. A trickle of Land Cruisers kept its American operation afloat while it regrouped and came up with

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