What is Near Field Communication?
We've all been there. We try to pair our smartphone to an in-car infotainment system via Bluetooth, and we just can't get it to connect. We believe we're following the protocols, but for unfathomable reasons, the pairing is elusive. Frustrated with the process, we often give up.
Imagine, then, how wonderful it would be if we could use a system that would make all the minor hassles of Bluetooth pairing go away. Picture pairing your phone with your car simply by holding the phone near the instrument panel.
Such a system exists, and this scenario is just one application of a technology called near field communication. Abbreviated as NFC, it is a form of contactless communication between devices that is popular in Europe and Asia and is now gaining in popularity in the United States.