Speakers From Audi, Car Connectivity Consortium, Continental Automotive, Daimler And More

Stuttgart, Germany is arguably the birthplace of the gasoline-powered automobile.  Depending on which side you take, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the first gasoline-powered engine for automobiles 133 years ago or Karl Benz in 1886 was first when he patented gasoline-powered vehicles.

What is undeniable is that Stuttgart was one of the early places where automotive innovation was first ignited and took hold.  Today, Stuttgart remains an innovation hub and center of excellence for automotive engineering.

Innovation will also be the theme June 25, 2019 when the NFC Forum presents an all-day VISONFC Automotive Summit at the Stuttgart Technology Center, Strasse 61 D-70327 with speakers from some of the most influential and iconic automotive companies in the world.

Organized by the NFC Forum’s Automotive Task Force, VISIONFC is a public event with the objective to educate people on the possibilities of NFC and create a place for innovators to share ideas and solutions and network with their peers.  The summit (see agenda below) will feature live NFC demonstrations from Daimler and Audi.  The event is free to NFC Forum members attending the NFC Forum Members Meeting and $99 USD for non-NFC Forum members.

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Why Near Field Communication (NFC) and the Automobile Industry?

NFC technology enables simple and safe two-way interactions between electronic devices, allowing consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content and connect electronic devices with a single tap. It enables devices to share information at a distance of less than 10 centimeters. It has become a standard feature on smartphones — and there are two billion NFC-enabled devices in use today on the planet.

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All the major car manufacturers and OEMs plan to include NFC in upcoming models.  NFC can be used to unlock and start a car with a smartphone and it can be paired with Bluetooth for using a headset, customizing the vehicle’s entertainment or cabin comfort features.  The list of the features and functionality NFC adds to an automobile is only limited by an engineer’s imagination.

VISIONFC Automotive Summit Agenda


12:30 – 12:45 Welcome and Introduction – Rainer Lutz, Chair of the NFC Forum Automotive Task Force
12:45 – 1:10 Digital Vehicle Key: Opportunities and Challenges – Johannes Wisbauer, Audi AG
1:10 – 1:35 Digital Key: An interoperable Smart Key Solution for the Auto Industry – Gokay Saldamli, Car Connectivity Consortium
1:35 – 2:00 NFC & Wireless Charging – Christian Seth, Molex
2:00 – 2:20 NFC and the Securely Connected Car – Dariusz Mastela, NXP
2:20 – 2:40 NFC in Automotive Door Handles – Michael Dold, Marquardt
2:40 – 3:00 The CE4A NFC Position Paper – Martin Schwab, Daimler AG
3:00 – 3:45 Break and Live Demos of Daimler and Audi Cars
3:45 – 4:05 NFC Automotive Applications: Specific Use Cases and Products – Cristian Saracin, Continental Automotive
4:05 – 4:20 Digital Key and Beyond: The Many Benefits of NFC – Rene Wutte, STMicroelectronics
4:20 – 4:35 NFC: The Life and Car Interface – Sun Ren, Infineon
4:20 – 4:35 The Digital Key Workgroup of JasPar – Katsuharu Tachibana, Chariman of JasPar’s Digital Key Workgroup
5:00 – 5:30 Moderated Discussion: NFC in Automotive: Best Practices, Market Needs, and Requirements
5:30 – 8:00 NFC Forum 15 Year Anniversary Celebration!


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