Electronics: wireless charging, scalable ACU's, and more
Leave Your Power Cords at Home
Visteon (visteon.com) has developed an in-vehicle wireless charging system that will eliminate the need for multiple power cords to charge electronic devices. The technology provides a convenient way to ensure portable electronics equipped with compatible inductive charging receivers are ready for use when they are needed. To charge, the user places the electronic device directly on the charging mat and power is transferred at a rate comparable to a plug-in power cord. While direct contact isn’t required for charging (the device can be a couple of millimeters away from the mat and still charge), it is recommended that the device is in direct contact for optimal results.
One drawback to the system is that many current electronic devices aren’t compatible with the mat, however a receiver (in sleeve format) can be added to a device so it can be used with the charger. The company says it is working with an OEM to get the technology in vehicles in 2013.