See all those Audi A1 e-trons in the photo above? In the near future, they could look exactly the same – i.e., without any visible cords – but be charging their batteries, thanks to Audi's work on wireless charging.
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.
Once a small startup itself, Internet search giant Google should be able to relate to the extreme challenges that companies face when venturing into uncharted territory. With that in mind, Google turned to a little-known company called Plugless Power to install a wireless charging system at the search giant's Mountain View, CA headquarters.
Back in October, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) assigned a task force to standardize the wireless charging of plug-in vehicles. In November, the task force announced its goal of finalizing the SAE J2954 wireless charging guidelines by end of 2011 and enforcing this standard by 2013. The SAE standard will establish performance and safety limits for wireless power transfer in automotive applications. The task force is currently reviewing several wireless charging methods, including indu
The concept of being able to charge up a depleted battery without a cord or plug in sight might seem futuristic. But more than a century after Nikola Tesla demonstrated wireless energy transfer, wireless charging systems are already becoming a reality for devices ranging from electric toothbrushes and mobile phones to artificial hearts and LCD televisions. For electric cars, industry analyst Richard Martin and research firm Pike Research predict in a new report that wireless power stations desig
I think we have a winner for the greenest car at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Below the fold is a video all about the Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport concept. It's a plug-in electric car with a cool tear drop shape and a number of cool ways of charging the batteries. The iMiEV's lithium-ion batteries can be charged via a wireless microwave charger in your garage floor which means you don't have to struggle to plug it in.
Okay folks, we're waiting to see the first hack that has gameplay running on the nav screen, so someone get on it! Cambridge, MA based WAAV has developed a new generation of cellular routers capable of delivering cellular internet at speeds comparable to DSL. Here's the important part, it'll do it in your car. That's better than cruising around neighborhoods with your laptop sniffing around for unsecured wireless networks. Besides, when you're using hijacked wireless, you can't drive around. Pub
For those of you confined to a movable cubicle, having a wireless internet connection within your mobile office would be a Godsend. Autonet has recognized this need and developed, what the company maintains is, the first in-car ISP, allowing any wireless devices within your vehicle to be hooked up the World Wide Web. The unit will set you back $399 and a monthly fee of $50 will hook you up with Verizon's EV-DO network. Initially, the product will be launched in the spring of 2007 in AVIS rental
A decision by the Federal Communications Commission that allows all cell phone companies to turn off their analog networks beginning in February of 2008 means that nearly two million people, or half of OnStar's entire subscription base, will soon find the other end silent when they press that blue button on their vehicle's dash.
There are Bimmers that self-park, provide backseat passengers hands-free cellphone service, and, in the future, may be polish-free. But a Bimmer that pays your parking space? That's what the Munich Technical University Applied Informatics/Cooperative Systems and BMW Group Research and Technology groups have developed for the 7-Series. The technology interfaces with the parking garage system wirelessly to calculate fees and pay as you exit the structure.