GM Hedges Bets In Wireless Charging
Upcoming Cadillacs and other GM vehicles will include dual-standard wireless chargers from Visteon. The charging pads will support phones with either the Qi (WPC) or Powermat (PMA) standard. The first car to sport the new charger will be the 2015 ATS, followed by the CTS, then the Escalade. Other GM vehicles are expected to receive the solution by the end of the year. The chargers work by simply placing the phone on top of the flat charging surface, which may be located in the center console.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops
Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.