News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 09, 2012.
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The Wireless Power Consortium has announced a set of guidelines for using its Qi wireless charging platform in aftermarket car accessories. The new guidelines will help introduce cable-free charging in cars and trucks. The WPC revealed that it has created guidelines that will help companies deal with safety, emissions, interference concerns when developing wireless charging pads. It also confirmed that multiple members of the consortium have already begun developing systems to introduce Qi to the automotive industry.
Qi is a standard for inductive charging, a feature that can replenish a mobile device's battery by placing the phone on a charging pad. It has been used in smartphones from HTC, LG, Samsung, and other consortium members. It is also what powers wireless charging in the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 phones. The aim of the WPC is to establish a standard that makes it possible for consumers to be able to charge their phone without having to connect wires to the phone. The charging pad typically must be plugged into a wall, but the Qi platform enables easier connection in specialty media players, docks, and pads. The introduction of aftermarket car chargers should introduce that same level of convenience to the auto industry.source: Wireless Power Consortium
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