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POWER: Visteon's In-Vehicle Wireless Charging simplifies Driving experience
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 11.01.07 - 17:37:58 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11388x
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The idea isn't that new but maybe we will see the final breakthrough in the CE world as well. During the CES, Visteon Corporation announced the launch of a technology that provides a convenient way to make sure batteries for mobile phones, MP3 players or PDAs are always charged and ready to go with Visteon's in-vehicle wireless charging technology.
This in-vehicle technology eliminates the need to have dedicated power cords for each portable device in the vehicle. The user simply places the device on Visteon's charger and power is wirelessly transferred by electromagnetic induction from the charger to the user's portable device at a rate comparable to a plug-in power cord. The wireless charger contains intelligence that can determine if an object is in close proximity to the charger and whether the object can be charged (similar to electric toothbrushes and similar devices).

"Any driver or passenger who uses an electronic device, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player, would benefit from the convenience of this innovation," said Steve Meszaros, vice president, Visteon electronics product group. "Based on consumer studies that Visteon conducted in several countries, people are willing to invest in the convenience of not having to deal with charging cords in a vehicle."

Visteon is working with companies such as Motorola; Mobility Electronics, creator of iGo brand universal power adaptor and Herman Miller to ensure an expanded reach of the technology.

Now give this a range of one meter and put it in a Bluetooth hands-free kit and I'm satisfied! Unfortunately, a release date wasn't given yet but watch out the companies mentioned above.

Cheers ~ Arne

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