It’s comforting to know that sometimes things are just what you think they are. I noticed, for example, that Audi recently updated its phone box to include Qi wireless charging, and I wondered, what’s a phone box? Turns out it’s a box in a car where you put a phone when you’re driving. Just as I thought.
Presuming it works, wireless charging in a car sounds like a great idea. The less stuff to have to plug in the better, and when you want to use a smartphone you want it to be charged and ready. One less thing to worry about.
According to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is promoting Qi as a wireless charging standard, the electricity in the bottom of the phone box flows via induction to a receiver coil in the smartphone. The WPC adds that in the future, the phone box will provide perfect cell reception and ensure that a user’s smartphone is fully charged at all times.
Qi is said to work with more than 200 smartphones and tablets sold by carriers including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, E-Plus, NTT DoCoMo, O2, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telefonica, and Verizon. Besides Audis, Qi is available in cars including the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the Ssangyong Chairman, and the Toyota Avalon, Prius, and Harrier.
The CE4A (Consumer Electronics for Automotive) made Qi their wireless charging choice for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, and Porsche, as well as Audi. It’s reasonable to expect that cooperation among carmakers in consortiums like the CE4A will bring useful new technologies to cars much faster than possible otherwise.
Have you benefited from in-vehicle wireless charging?