In the past decade, wireless communications has become a growing segment of telecommunications. In order to allow users to connect with each other through time and space, universal wireless charging standard Qi was showcased at the April 2011 Shanghai Auto Show by Chinese automobile manufacturers Geely, Chery, Changan and Dongfeng.
According to a press release, the exhibition of embedded Qi wireless chargers at a major auto show in concept vehicles is considered as prominent milestone for universal wireless charging technology.
"Integrating Qi into automobiles makes charging devices easy for consumers and eliminates cord clutter for drivers. We are delighted to see the automotive industry demonstrating Qi," said WPC Chairman Menno Treffers, "This is further evidence that manufacturers and consumers are demanding a universal standard for wireless charging."
Qi charger offers simplicity, convenience and flexibility to consumers because it ensures interoperability between any Qi-enabled device and any Qi charger, regardless of brand or manufacturer.
Qi wireless chargers will be displayed in Geely EC-8, Chery Riich G6, Changan CX30 and Dongfeng's electric concept cars. Every car manufacturer demonstrated a different application of Qi wireless charging technology in their respective concept cars. In most of the cars the charging stations were seen in center consoles, armrests and on the dashboards of the cars on display. The wireless chargers were seamlessly blended into each car's interior, complimenting the overall aesthetic design. The auto makers used different materials beneath the charging surface including cloth, artificial leather and plastics.
The wireless charging is displayed with both Philips Qi phones and an Apple (News - Alert) iPhone 3 enabled by an Energizer Inductive Charging Sleeve. The embedded Qi charging technology was provided by Leggett & Platt.
At the Shanghai Auto Show, Qi wireless charging technology was displayed in the center armrest of Chery's Riich and Changan's CX30.Mandira Srivastava is a TMCnet contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.