Mercedes-Benz Introduces Wireless Phone and Tablet Charging
The current integration of smartphones in Mercedes-Benz cars is standard on every model nowadays. Connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth, a smartphone can be used for calls, establish a connection to the cloud and enable the use of Mercedes-Benz apps – all by operating it using the multifunction steering wheel, voice control or turn/push controls.
It's all good and merry but, according to Mercedes-Benz, there is still the dreaded task of occasionally connecting the phone for recharging its battery. From 2014, this will no longer cause headaches for drivers of three-pointed star vehicles though, as the Germans will fit out their vehicles with wireless charging technology.
Mercedes-Benz will be using the Qi worldwide standard, defined by the Wireless Power Consortium for wireless charging of smartphones and tablets, based on the physical principle of electromagnetic induction.