Remunerator News

Jul 24 2020

How to Unlock Your Novated Lease With Your Phone

Apple has recently announced their new “CarKey” feature promised to revolutionise driving coming with iOS14. This feature allows you to use your phone or watch to unlock, lock and start your car, as long as it’s compatible with the software.

The smart key can be found in the wallet app on you Apple device. Like Apple Pay, your digital key will be stored securely and require digital identification/authentication to use. You don’t need to leave your phone out while driving, it just needs to be within the car.

The CarKey allows for much more flexibility than its traditional physical model. The digital key can be shared and sent to someone via iMessage to grant them access to your car. Don’t worry if you lose your device, you can cancel your key through iCloud.

BWW is the first manufacturer to announce their cars support Apple CarKey in the 2021 BMW 5 Series. However, expect to see the feature available with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1, 2020.

Should your phone run out of power, BMW have stated there will be up to 5 hours of reserve power.

This feature will be available around September 2020 with the new iOS14 update. By 2021, it’s expected there will be more flexibility and a wider range of car brands available to use digital keys with your Apple device.

If you’re interested in driving a car you can unlock with your phone – talk to our novated leasing experts about your new car on 1800 501 703 or!