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GM pushing towards offering wireless power is an option while Toyota has it already

The ability to charge your mobile phone with no wires inside your car may become a common feature across many models. Powermat Technologies is already going to offer wireless smartphone charging inside some 2014 model GM vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt. GM is an investor in Powermat and is one of a handful of companies looking to add wireless charging technology inside their vehicles.

Wireless charging technology allows users to simply set the phone down in a certain area of the vehicle console or dash to recharge without having to deal with wires or adapters. The wireless charging solutions use a coil that receives electricity from a magnetic field when placed on the Powermat-enabled surface. However, one catch to adding wireless charging inside vehicles is that the phones require special cases in order to charge.

Wireless charging is a promising field in the real of “connected” automobiles, but the segment is fragmented with several industry groups promoting competing standards. Powermat is part of the Power Matters Alliance, which also counts BlackBerry and AT&T as members.

Toyota Avalon w Qi
Qi wireless charging in the Toyota Avalon [Image Source: Toyota]

Industry heavyweights Nokia, Samsung, and Verizon wireless are throwing in with the Wireless Power Consortium. The Alliance for Wireless Power has the support of HTC, Intel, and QUALCOMM.

“We continue to work with Powermat to bring their technologies to GM products, but for competitive reasons we’re not discussing specifics at this time,” Dan Flores said. “The technology continues to move forward.”
Toyota is another the companies offering wireless charging with wireless charging available in its Avalon Limited sedan, while Dodge offers wireless charging inside its Dart compact car.

Sources: Detroit News [1], [2]

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RE: Dealbreaker
By kleinma on 8/20/2013 12:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have a nokia 928 with built in wireless qi charging. I also bought a 10 dollar insert for my Galaxy S3 so I can use it on the same chargers as the nokia. The new Nexus tablet also supports the Qi wireless charging standard and works on the nokia wireless chargers.

Powermat sucks because it is a stupid proprietary wireless charging method that requires special adapters or cases to "just work". They claim they are going to support Qi charging on their mats so you don't need their cases or pads, but I haven't seen any on the market yet.

RE: Dealbreaker
By dnd728 on 8/20/2013 6:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
On the contrary, from what I've been reading, Powermat seems more reliable, efficient, innovative, compatible. And they do plan on supporting all standards, the exact opposite of Qi.

Qi seems more basic, rushed to market. Phone makers use it because it's cheaper and maybe less strict.

Even now Powermat seems more compatible with Qi devices than a Qi charger from a different brand. e.g. Nexus 4 doesn't work right with a Nokia charger, but does so with a Powermat.

RE: Dealbreaker
By retrospooty on 8/21/2013 5:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
"On the contrary, from what I've been reading, Powermat seems more reliable, efficient, innovative, compatible. And they do plan on supporting all standards, the exact opposite of Qi."

I have a powermat and none of that is true now, unless you saw something talking about them completely changing everything in future products. Current powermat "compatibility" means they have a pad that you place on the wireless charger and that pad has a wired plug/adaptor in it so you can plug in your micro, mini usb, iPhone, Nintendo DS, (and a few others) thus you are charging them wirelessly... With a wire. LOL

But, if they are changing all that, then good. Still as far as standards , its on device adoption, there are no phones that use powermat. Samsung, HTC and LG use QI.

RE: Dealbreaker
By dnd728 on 8/22/2013 6:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Amazon's title misled me on this charger. They call it Power Mat, not Qi.
But the rest is true - Qi should work the same for all manufacturers, but it simply doesn't. Like said, they all use it because it's cheaper and less strict.

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