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Daimler and Qualcomm want to let you charge your electric car wirelessly

Daimler and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration that will see the former’s future cars benefit from being more connected and compatible with wireless charging.

Speaking at a special press event in Monaco, the smartphone chip maker and car manufacturer announced the first phase of the collaboration will ‘focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies’ that will ‘enhance’ the driving experience.

It said improved vehicle performance will be one of the benefits. 3G/4G connectivity and wireless charging for electric and hybrid vehicles will also feature, thanks to the implementation of Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging technology (WEVC for short).

This would mean future Daimler and Mercedes cars will be able to recharge without having to be physically plugged in. Not only that, gadgets inside the vehicle would also recharge if they supported wireless charging, meaning, it will be entirely possible to rest your phone on the dashboard to top up the battery.

Daimler and Qualcomm, however, neglected to mention a timeframe or what exact models would benefit from the partnership.

Daimler bigwig Professor Dr Thomas Weber highlighted the importance of always-connected smartphone technology in cars:

“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers. With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm.”

Qualcomm president Derek Aberle added: “The automobile has become a mobile platform and an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, we’re utilizing our expertise as the leader in mobile technology to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”

Qualcomm has been working on in-car processing chips and architecture for some time. It announced its Snapdragon Automotive Solutions system and the accompanying 602A processor back in January 2014.


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