The wireless connection of telephones in cars is standard today.
Connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth, a smartphone can be used to make and receive calls, to establish a connection to the cloud, to enable the use of Mercedes-Benz apps – and it can be operated safely and conveniently via the multifunction steering wheel, voice control or turn/push controls. But one problem remains: when the telephone’s battery is empty, it has to be wired up for recharging. This is now set to change. As from next year, Mercedes-Benz is to fit out its vehicles with wireless charging technology. The magic word is “Qi”.
What is Qi?
This term stands for the worldwide standard defined by the Wireless Power Consortium for the wireless charging of smartphones and tablets, based on the physical principle of electromagnetic induction. For the purposes of wireless charging, the Qi-compatible smartphone/tablet merely requires to be placed in the vicinity of the Qi charging station, e.g. in the centre armrest or the glove compartment – charging then begins automatically. When the battery is full or the device is removed, the charging process is discontinued automatically.