The BMW i8 is a pretty impressive car, and a highly visible one at that. It's a great brand ambassador, but not just for BMW. It's really no surprise that Formula E chose it as the safety car from the electric racing series. And, for its duties at tracks around the word, the i8 safety car got some slick upgrades, including wireless charging capabilities courtesy of Qualcomm.
Racing series typically select a safety car appropriate to the kinds of racecars for which they'll be setting the pace. So you might find a Mercedes SLS pacing a Formula One grand prix, for example, and you're more likely to find a BMW M4 on duty at a DTM race and a Chevy Camaro or SS on an oval speedway for a NASCAR or Indy race. It would only stand to reason, then, that the FIA Formula E Championship kicking off next month in Beijing would press a plug-in into service as its safety car. But th
Renault, which has worked with Better Place to give the Fluence electric vehicle its juice in Israel, is looking to Qualcomm for help with the emerging wireless charging trend. Renault and Qualcomm today announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they would cooperate "on the London trial of Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology." More importantly, the end goal here is to conduct "preliminary studies of the integration of this technology into Re
Over the past year and a half, HaloIPT has been working hard at moving inductive power transfer – a wireless charging technology – from the labs at the University of Auckland where it was developed into actual vehicles, such as the Rolls Royce 102 EX. Apparently they've been doing something right because tech giant Qualcomm has just snapped them up, lock, stock and patent portfolio.
For the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transporation have ranked 20 companies that they feel offer the best benefits for commuters and for three years Intel has come out on top. Why shouldn't they? They offer their employees vanpools, subsidies for public transportation, showers and storage for those who bike or run and even a dry-cleaner to lessen the demand for driving. And what if you could measure your commute times in milliseconds? In 2005, a who