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