Daimler and Qualcomm Team for In-car Wireless Mobile Charging

mercedes-benz in-car appCarmaker Daimler, the parent company of Mercedez-Benz, has partnered with mobile tech firm Qualcomm to explore the possibility of wireless charging for mobile phones in car, as well as other electric and connected car technologies.

The announcement comes as multiple car manufacturers including rival firms BMW and Audi aim to expand their expertise in software and telecommunications through partnerships or in-house development, building a reputation as high-tech carmakers.

The first stage of the collaboration will focus on mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance, including improved connectivity within cars and wireless charging technology incorporated into car designs.

In addition, the firms are teaming up to implement Qualcomms Halo WEVC (wireless electric vehicle charging) solution in Daimlers vehciles, enabling drivers to charge electric and hybrid vehicles without the need to plug them in.

“Its important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development.

“With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm.”

“Our work with Daimler is a natural extension of the sponsorship we have with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team as our work in motorsports cultivates the innovation and advancements seen in the auto space,” said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm. “The automobile has become a mobile platform and an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, were utilising our expertise as the leader in mobile technology to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”