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Apple granted patent for device-based car keys

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.

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  1. 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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