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    Apple granted patent for device-based car keys

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    Apple has been granted a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a service that would store vehicle keys on an iPhone. “Apple’s granted patent generally relates to wireless communication between computing devices and, more particularly, to using portable computing devices to access a vehicle,” Patently Apple reports. The service would let users open their car doors, start the engine and shut it off for specific time periods and program personalised vehicle settings.

    Filed by Email Rian Boden Published • Last updated 26 May 2016, 13:18

    • Willam Hugh Murray, CISSP

      Potential for convenience and security. Seems like a very broad patent that might conflict with proximity fobs already in use for this application.

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