GM Cars Get Wireless iPhone Chargers

Since virtually all modern cars today come standard or can be ordered with iPod plugs, it's now time to take care of getting rid of that old charging cable: GM says that wireless charging should be available in a range of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars beginning in mid-2012.

“Imagine a mat or shelf where you could put your iPhone, your Droid or other personal device and charge it automatically while you commute to work, run errands or as you’re driving on a family vacation,” said Micky Bly, GM’s lead electronics executive, including infotainment, hybrids and battery electric vehicles.

We are aware of that wireless charging mat, but have to admit that it would be rather enticing option if you could charge your phone and MP3 player simply by placing it on a space somewhere on your center console and/or dedicated space in the doors. While I am thinking about it, this may actually be a good idea for the cup holders since this is the place my phone usually ends up

GM said that the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle will be among the first vehicles to get this feature. GM also needs to consider that a special adapter needs to be attached to the device for it to charge wirelessly on the mat.

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  • loomis86
    weeeeelll...

    they gotta do something to overcome all that negative publicity of taking public money to bail their ass out. This aint enuf tho, GM. Keep workin at it.

    bastards
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  • edilee
    loomis86weeeeelll...they gotta do something to overcome all that negative publicity of taking public money to bail their ass out. This aint enuf tho, GM. Keep workin at it.bastards


    Weeeelll...it wasn't our decision to use our money to bail them out...that decision was made for us just like everything else this current governing body is doing. If I am not mistaken they have paid back all the money that was loaned to them. If the choice had been given to me to make on whether to loam GM the $$ they needed to re-organize then I would have done it without hesitation...it was some of the other bailouts that shouldn't have been done...I am talking about corporations that took the money then proceeded to use it to give million dollar bonuses to their executives. When your company is in financial trouble you DO NOT give bonuses to any employee...this is just common sense.

    Aside from that...why do they call it wireless charging when it is not wireless at all? There is a connector that connects to the phone or device and it lays on the charging pad which aloows the power to flow...this is not wireless. As far as I know you cannot charge a battery through the air (wirelss), it has to connect directly to a power source.
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  • jinxlab
    Wireless
    To be without wires! Kind of like the Powermat...
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