GM Looks to Provide Wireless Smartphone Charging in Some 2014 Models
August 20, 2013 10:39 AM
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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
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.
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
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
sedan, while Dodge offers wireless charging inside its
Dart compact car
Detroit News 
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8/20/2013 2:16:02 PM
Most of the cars on the road carry one passenger at a time. I don't see the point of encouraging people to have their phones out while driving. I thought we were trying to reduce distracted driving.
Beyond that, if I have to take my phone out of my pocket and place it somewhere on my car, the odds that I will forget my phone in my car skyrocket. When someone sees the phone sitting inside a parked car, the odds that my car will get broken into also increase. If I'm fortunate enough that nobody notices my $500+ smartphone sitting in my car, summer heat or winter chill will make short work of my phone anyway.
The optimum charging solution would have some kind of directable beam that magically doesn't irratiate you. That way, it doesn't matter if the phone is in the back right pocket, back left pocket, front right pocket, front left pocket, breast pocket, or a purse. I've forgotten enough about E&M, but it would take a bloody miracle of engineering to make this happen.
So until that day, all I want is wireless Siri integration so that my car's display and and mics use my phone's processor and software. I'll handle the charging on my own.
RE: Seems counterintuitive..
8/20/2013 2:36:19 PM
I was going to try to respond with something informative and intelligent, but then you said you want magic charging beams and siri integration, and I lost my will to respond.
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