Qualcomm and Daimler announce connected car partnership

Wireless chip major Qualcomm Technologies and auto giant Daimler announced their connected car partnership.

The companies will focus on enhancing in-car experiences and vehicle performance such as 3G, 4G connectivity, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use and implementation of the Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology in the first phase.

The application of Qualcomm Technology’s newly developed Automotive Solutions will also be one of the targets of the partnership.

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As part of the deal, Qualcomm will tie up with Daimler on its Wireless Power Transfer 2.0 program for electric vehicles. The Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology provides power in a small vehicle package that could allow Daimler customers to charge their electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid EVs without plugging them. Qalcomm WiPower technology enables consumer electronics to charge wirelessly in-vehicle.

Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, said: “The automobile has become a mobile platform and an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, we’re utilizing our expertise as the leader in mobile technology to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”

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