As technology becomes more and more a part of our lives, the thought of getting into a vehicle without charging ports or infotainment options could cause some passengers and drivers to have an anxiety attack. What if their phone battery dies, or what if they need the navigation system? Ease of use has made these devices such a part of our every waking minute that vehicle manufacturers have begun including many technology friendly options as standard packages on new vehicles.
How Times Have Changed
Can you remember when having the ability to plug in a USB thumb drive into the car stereo was exciting and new? Nowadays you don’t even have to plug in, as Bluetooth allows your phone to sync to the stereo, and you can stream music from Pandora or Slacker without being attached to the vehicle in any way. Of course, as your phone dies you will have to plug into a power port, which may be difficult if you are charging your laptop or tablet while you drive. This is where tech friendly options are changing and evolving to meet your more technology-driven needs.
Beginning in 2013, the Toyota Avalon offered wireless charging in the vehicle. Unfortunately there are not many details available about how Ford plans to implement this feature, but the director of Ford’s electrical and electronics research recently told Forbes magazine that they will include a wireless charging strategy in future vehicles. While your local Indianapolis Ford dealerships won’t have any models available at the moment, with wireless charging, it is not far from becoming a reality for Ford drivers.
Wireless Charging Options
There are competing wireless charging standards available. The A4WP or Alliance for Wireless Power is an industry group founded by Qualcomm and Samsung. Their approach is to use magnetic resonance to allow more devices in a larger space to charge wirelessly.
Another standard is Qi. Qi is supported by the Wireless Power Consortium, and the Power Matters Alliance. WPC and PMA are merging, which will leave only 2 competitors in the field— WPC and A4WP. When Toyota released the 2013 Avalon, Qi was the only available standard. Now that there is another option, the competition is on. If you are like many people, you don’t really care what the standard is; you just want the ease and convenience, and you want it to work reliably.
Before too long, you may be choosing your phone and your vehicle based on the wireless charging options that work with both. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 is compatible with Qi. As technology has become more prevalent, we’ve seen an inclusion of Bluetooth technology, USB auxiliary stereos, touch screen displays, and many other pieces of helpful gadgetry in vehicles. Wireless charging is the next rational step, and this will more than likely become second nature to all drivers and passengers.
Because this technology is becoming so prevalent, in order to remain competitive and relevant, Ford vehicles have to step up to the plate. How soon can you expect your Indianapolis Ford dealerships to have Fords with wireless-charging ability? We’re not sure, but as soon as we know, you will, too!