Starting with next year, Mercedes Benz will introduce Qi wireless charging into its range of vehicles. This will enable customers with a compatible mobile device to charge their smartphones and tablets wirelessly.
Qi technology cuts the last remaining cord in consumer electronics - the charging cord. A Qi-certified device wirelessly charges using any Qi-compatible charger, regardless of brand. Qi brings wireless charging in phones, tablets, and other devices where consumers use them most – whether at home, at work, or in your car. The technology is currently available in other cars such as the Toyota Avalon, Toyota Prius, Jeep Cherokee, and SsangYong Chairman.
Mercedes-Benz's decision to implement Qi wireless charging is in terms with the Consumer Electronics for Automotive who set the Qi as the worldwide standard for wireless charging in passenger vehicles. The german carmaker already offers a strong wireless connection in their vehicles, most of them being equipped with Bluetooth. This allows users to connect their phones to in-car stereo systems and hands-free units. Starting with next year, they will be able to do this while keeping their phones charged. And, without having to plug-in their smartphones or tablets to a charger.
Qi is backed by more than 160 well-known companies including Nokia Corporation, Panasonic, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, BlackBerry, HTC Corporation, Royal Philips, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, ConvenientPower, Energizer, PowerbyProxi, Texas Instruments, Verizon Wireless, and Toshiba Corporation, just to name a few.
The idea of wireless charging in cars is another step forward towards the connected car. A smarter car, a car with endless posssibilities. Auto makers are realizing year after year that many of those who buy their cars may also be heavy buyers of the latest smart technology, the latest smartphones and tablets. This ensures the more tech savy buyers aren't left feeling 'disconnected' whilst in the car.
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