Car companies aren’t usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren’t great with cars — if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you’ll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that should improve connected cars. The first phase of this collaboration will focus on bringing cellular data and wireless electric car charging to your ride. They’re not saying when they expect to bring their combined efforts to market, or what comes next. With that said, it won’t be shocking if you’re one day driving an electric Mercedes that’s always online and never needs to plug in.
In a joint statement, Daimler and Qualcomm said they were assessing the application of wireless technology to charge their electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid EVs without ever having to plug them in.
The companies are also exploring technologies that will enable customers to wirelessly charge devices such as mobile phones while driving in their car, as well as ways to enhance in-car experience through high-speed 3G/4G connectivity.
“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers,” Daimler’s board member for research and development Thomas Weber, said.
“With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech firm like Qualcomm,” Weber said in a statement.
“The automobile has become a mobile platform and an extension of always-on connectivity,” said Qualcomm president Derek Aberle in a statement announcing the deal.