This research project addresses the advantages of using near-field based automotive systems in applications where currently prevailing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based systems cannot function properly and proposes a tire identification and diagnostic system for use in vehicle fleets. “The system will contribute to road safety and the reduction of accidents by providing crucial real-time information about tires,” explains Derek Shuttleworth, Manager of External Science and Technology at Goodyear. This is a first step towards new automotive applications, and Luxembourg could become the hub for near-field communication research in Europe.
Near-Field Communication, a promising technology
Near-Field communication is poised to fundamentally change the automotive sector. “NFC is a form of short-range wireless communication that relies on electric and magnetic fields generated around a transmitting antenna. This communication technology is now being explored for automotive applications due to its unique characteristics,” explains Ahmad Rida Tawakuli, PhD student within the Security and Networking Laboratory (SECAN-Lab) at the University, who initiated the project.
The four-year research project has the potential to initiate major innovations in the automotive sector. It is funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and Goodyear.