Near field communication (NFC) has its distinct values where mobility and connectivity meet. Today, many car models use NFC for fast and intuitive Bluetooth/WiFi pairing. This enables the “handsfree” driving environment locals around the globe have made mandatory, allowing for smartphone use for phone calls, music, to personalize cabin comfort features, and more, making a drive not only more convenient, but safer.

Beyond connectivity, NFC plays an essential role in innovative car access systems by enabling smartphone-centric solutions and new business models for rental companies, car sharing, and fleet management. Digital key management systems reduce cost and complexity of physical key handling. Industry analysts forecast that the automotive digital key market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.53% between 2019-2023 worldwide. Low battery mode adds sustainable value to NFC as a key management system because even when a phone’s battery is drained, the car can still be opened and started. NFC technology allows for ad hoc sharing of private cars with family and friends or even car AirBnB solutions.

Opportunities Abound for NFC in Automobiles

  • Interoperable smart key solutions for the auto industry to unlock and start vehicles
  • Securely connected cars for confidence
  • NFC in automotive door handles to unlock a car with your smartphone
  • Wireless charging

Electrification isn’t the only major transformation occurring within the automotive industry. Market analysts forecast the global automotive NFC system market to grow at a CAGR of 70.52% between 2019-2023. Don’t miss this technological milestone: the time to innovate for connected cars is now.

NFC Transforms Urban Mobility

NFC-enabled mobility and transport solutions inform and learn from the automotive industry.

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Digital Protocol Technical Specification

Influenced by the expertise of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) – a liaison partner of the NFC Forum – this standard ensures global interoperability across major NFC applications

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Slides from VISIONFC Automotive Summit 2019

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Current Car Models with NFC

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DOM Tapkey: The Smartphone is the Key

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NFC VALET Parking Android App

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The NFC Forum’s Automotive Special Interest Group (SIG) is very active in the industry and has made tremendous progress in the past year. We welcome your input and participation!