Daimler partners with Qualcomm for wireless recharging

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Daimler has announced a strategic partnership with tech giant Qualcomm in the field of wireless recharging for electric vehicles, as well as the recharging of mobile phones in cars with no cables involved.

Already a partner of the Formula 1 team Mercedes AMG Petronas, the San Diego based chip maker Qualcomm Technologies (a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc) will give Mercedes-Benz full access to its Wireless Power Transfer 2.0 high performance program for electric vehicles. In short, Qualcomm’s Halo WEVC technology will basically change the way we charge our EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs, without ever having to plug them in to a power outlet anymore.

The second chapter of the announced partnership will focus on enhancing 3G/4G connectivity inside Mercedes-Benz cars. According to Qualcomm CEO Derek Aberle, the car is “an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, we’re continuously utilizing our expertise in wireless mobility to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”

The Qualcomm deal comes only days after the announcement of the Mercedes-Benz partnership with China’s number one search engine, Baidu, which implies the integration of Baidu’s CarLife system into the German car-maker’s models. CarLife is an infotainment system for smartphones which gives users fast access to the content from their smartphones such as music, internet services or various data referring to their itinerary.