General Motors is deleting Near Field Communication (NFC) from the fifth-generation Escalade feature list with the introduction of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade.
Previously equipped as standard for the 2021 model year, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade will no longer offer NFC, GM Authority has learned. As covered previously, Cadillac is phasing out NFC mobile device pairing across the lineup during the 2022 model year.
For those readers who may be unaware, NFC allows data transfer between two compatible electronic devices when said devices are positioned within close proximity to one another. The technology can be used for myriad applications, such as secure financial transactions, data collection, and gaming. The tech can also be used as a means of pairing a smart device with a vehicle infotainment system, simply requiring the user to place their phone near the center stack and tapping a few icons.
Now, however, considering the ease with which customers can pair their phones to their vehicle infotainment, General Motors considers the system no longer necessary.
“The NFC feature was originally added in response to customer concerns with the ease of cell phone pairing,” said Cadillac spokesperson, Whitney Lewis, in an interview with GM Authority.
“The pairing process has improved over time with each infotainment generation, and at the same time, customers are now more accustomed to the process. Additionally, the NFC feature worked with only a portion of cell phones in the market,” Lewis said. The compatibility issue referred to is that NFC will only work if both devices have an NFC tag. What’s more, NFC is not compatible with Apple iPhone devices.
As a reminder, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade is the second model year for the all-new fifth-generation vehicle, which was introduced with a complete overhaul (re-engineered and redesigned) for the 2021 model year. Infotainment highlights include an industry-first curved OLED display with more than 38 inches of total diagonal display area, delivering crisp imagery for the driver and passengers.