Cars and technology have always been closely interconnected worlds. This is confirmed by the new applications related to the universe of cars, which have taken a step forward compared to the times when the simple remote control for opening cars was already considered an innovation.
Now to dominate is in fact the NFC (near-field-communication), communication based on peer-to-peer and secure exchange of information, thanks to wireless connections. The so-called “proximity communication” also concerns other fields of interest, ranging from cars to sports and entertainment.
In the automotive sector the real news comes from BMW, the first automaker to use NFC technology for the new “Digital Key from Apple”, A sort of virtual key that works for vehicles built starting from July 2020, and can now be used by owners of iPhone XR, XS, or an Apple Watch Series 5 with iOS 14 operating system.
The “digital key”, also coveted by other car manufacturers, allows vehicle owners and authorized persons to open the car via smartphone, with the security guaranteed by the “Apple Wallet” and “Secure Element” systems.
But NFC technology extends far beyond, with completely innovative formulas, even reaching to conquer the sport.
In the case of the Spanish “Real Sociedad”, this extension is to the benefit of the fans: in fact, a “smart tag” on the club shirt is enough to ensure, thanks to an app connection, discounts on food and drinks at the stadium, starting from Real Arena.
Moreover, even active sportsmen, who use cutting-edge smartwatches, are waiting to know if expected models such as “Xiaomi Mi Band 5” will support NFC technology for outdoor activities.
Meanwhile, on the sports betting front, the best apps to bet fast, like bwin and William Hill, or like 888, use NFC technology for payments, thanks to the integration with “Apple Pay”, a safe and fast way to bet, via iPhone 6 (and later) or via Apple Watch.
As for entertainment, it must be said that NFC technology is at the center of the recent proposal of sports-themed games such as “Hot Wheels ID”By Mattel, thanks to an app, for smartphones and tablets, capable of connecting the toy cars to the device used, by means of a chip.