GM equips its Cadillac line of cars with wireless charging, support for PMA and Qi

GM equips its Cadillac line of cars with wireless charging, support for PMA and Qi
The luxury line of cars built by General Motors are getting a new feature added to them, wireless charging, thanks to a system developed by Powermat, the flag bearer of the Power Matters Alliance.

Beginning with the 2015 model year Cadillac ATS (available now), and then expanding to other models from there, people with devices that have wireless charging abilities will be able to place their smartphone in a cubby behind a center console faceplate.  Cadillac’s other popular vehicles, the CTS and the Escalade SUV will each have the Powermat feature added by the end of this year.

Because the system was designed by Powermat, it would be understandable for you to think it only supports PMA enabled devices, of which there are exactly two currently available in the United States that natively support that standard.

Given that the overwhelming majority of devices available around the world support the Qi standard however, the gang at Cadillac thought things through, and so the charging plates in these vehicles will support both standards.

That will be a relief for AT&T customers who have devices like the Lumia 1520 or LG G3. which, due to AT&T's membership with PMA, means they are outliers among the Qi crowd.  Everyone else that has it baked in (Google Nexus 5 and 4, multiple Nokia Lumia devices) is good to go too. iPhones do not natively support wireless charging, but there are cases that handle both flavors too.

Score one for Cadillac for not jumping on any single bandwagon while the industry dukes it out.



source: SlashGear

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4 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good news. I hope next charging standard can charge a device up to 40cm, so the passenger can use the phone while charging, and the driver can put the phone in the pocket and charging too. and no one will have their phone left on the car because of charging it.

3. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Avalon hybrid already had that

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's nice, but behind doors means that the phone cannot be practically used. Especially when using the phone for navigation, always better than optional such automotive devices, charging is important. It'd be better if the power mat were a slanted surface on the console in front of the shifter. It's a move in the right direction, but still misses the mark, as typical of the auto industry with regards to electronics.

4. joneskissler85

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

i think it is great that this innovation came into being as it works for some people who actually need it. like my dad who constantly struggles charging his phone before a meeting. he uses his iPhone 6s with a Bezalel Wireless Charging Receiver Patch from bezalel (he got for $20!) to enable his phone to wireless charge. Been doing great! His phone is always powered up and ready wherever he goes.

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