Monday, January 09, 2012

Wireless in-car device charging coming your way

Delphi Automotive is developing a new system that will allow motorists to charge electronic devices wirelessly in their vehicles.

Showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, the system sends out power over distance to deliver a charge without exactly positioning the device. The company claims that the system will get rid of the inconvenience, distraction and clutter of multiple charging cords.

“From navigation systems to cell phones to personal computing devices, we are tied to our favourite electronics, but we won’t always have to be tied to charging cords for them to work,” said Christopher Reider, global director of engineering at Delphi Connection Systems. “Instead, our system will use magnetic fields from hidden power source resonators placed in the vehicle interior to automatically power these devices through high-efficiency, hands-free charging.”

The new system makes use of magnetic resonance technology, which is better than traditional inductive charging as it can send power over distances, can charge several devices simultaneously and does not need exact device positioning to deliver the charge.

The system is being planned to be production-ready by model year 2014.

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