Wireless charging of cars may still be the stuff of science fiction, but wireless charging in a car won't be for long. Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors will integrate Powermat Technologies' wireless charging tech into some of its vehicles next year, allowing wireless recharging of compatible phones.

GM, which is one of Powermat's investors, is attempting to beat both Toyota and Chrysler to bring wireless recharging into the car. The technology, which uses a coil to interact with the magnetic fields generated by a Powermat to transfer electricity, has been available to consumers for some time, and is only expected to become more ubiquitous in the coming years. According to Bloomberg, wireless charging tech will expand from the five million units sold in 2012 to nearly 100 million by 2015.

Bloomberg spoke to Dan Flores, a GM spokesman, who refused to comment on when and in what vehicles wireless charging would appear in, "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. The technology continues to move forward."

What do you think - does wireless charging tech have a place in the car? Would you rather have a single cord to charge and play music from your phone, or would you like to see wireless charging join Bluetooth streaming in keeping the car and the phone physically unconnected?


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      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's less efficient than wired charging, but it's not a bad idea. It's not a huge drain either way, and most people already leave their chargers plugged in at home which waste almost as much electricity when they aren't plugged into the phone as when they're actually charging it. I just worry it'll be one more overpriced option bundled in with a bunch of other things I don't want and one thing I do want. I wouldn't want to have to pay $3000 extra for some package catering to people too lazy to plug in their phones because all I wanted was a moon roof.
      BYALTF
      • 1 Year Ago
      2013 Toyota Avalon the first car to include Qi induction charging for your Nexus 4 or Lumia Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 10:47, by Michael H. http://www.phonearena.com/news/2013-Toyota-Avalon-the-first-car-to-include-Qi-induction-charging-for-your-Nexus-4-or-Lumia_id37918 And in the Toyota there is an excellent chance that it will still work after 90 days.
      Oolly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too late in beating Toyota. Already done that. Also, easily added to any car.
      Dayv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Terrible. You have to use PowerMat's proprietary phone cases. If wireless charging is going to catch on, it needs to be built into more hardware off the shelf, not an add-on that doubles the size of your phone.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Nokia Lumia offers wireless Qi charging out of the box so if this supported the Qi standard I'd be all for it. Once you get used to wireless charging you never want to have to go back to plugging some wire into your phone all the time. That seems so archaic to me now.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know about Chrysler, but Toyota already has this.
      Jonny
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, 2008 just called. They want their blackberry back.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep will have this on the Cherokees that we're already ordering... How exactly is GM beating that?
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow... let's triple the size of the iPhone 5... to have the convenience of wireless charging because I'm too lazy to plug it in. http://www.duracellpowermat.com/wireless-charging-system/iphone5-snapkit.html
      RT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru already has this in select models
      jason32379
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see a relevant phone for getting the job done. As a road-warror, I've broken several Droids (aka beta test phones) and iPhones.... But my personal BB Bold keeps ticking after five years (closer to six). If I need the Internet, I'll use a much-faster tablet or laptop with a 4G connection.
      Mandy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The issue here isn't that people don't want wireless charging, because they do. The issue is, few phone manufacturers make phones with integrated wireless charging. All of my (recent) phones have had OtterBoxes or similar cases, as I've seen far too many cracked screens on friends' phones. I'm not willing to forgo the protection of my $600+ phone for a wireless case that offers minimalistic protection.
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