Delphi Automotive will display its Wireless Device Charging System at the Consumer Electronics Show next week. Currently under development, the wireless charging system transmits power over distance to deliver a charge without precise positioning of the electronic device receiving the charge. It would eliminate the clutter, inconvenience and distractions associated with multiple charging cords in the vehicle cabin and replace them with a safe, convenient and efficient automatic charging system.
“From navigation systems to cell phones to personal computing devices, we are tied to our favorite electronics, but we won’t always have to be tied to charging cords for them to work,” said Christopher Reider, global director of engineering, Delphi Connection Systems. “Instead, our system will use magnetic fields from hidden power source resonators placed in the vehicle interior to automatically power these devices through high-efficiency, hands-free charging.”
Delphi is testing the system on research vehicles and intends to be production-ready by model year 2014. The Delphi Wireless Device Charging System makes use of the same magnetic resonance technology as the Delphi Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System. Magnetic resonance technology is superior to traditional inductive charging because it can transmit power over greater distances, does not require precise device positioning in order to deliver a charge and will be able to charge multiple devices at the same time. The consumer devices simply need to be in proximity to the power source, not directly touching it. Traditional inductive charging systems are limited to charging only one device per charging coil and the device must be resting on top of the pad to receive a charge.
Safe & Convenient
Freeing drivers from charging cords is not only convenient, it will help create a safer driving experience. The Delphi Wireless Device Charging System is being engineered with consumers and automakers in mind, and will provide a competitive advantage to OEMs who choose to offer it as an option on their future vehicles.
“Our system is being designed to activate the moment a device is detected within the range of the charging pad and will fully charge the device at a rate comparable to most plug-in chargers. What could be more convenient than that?” said Bob Fust, global product line leader, data connectivity, Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture. “This innovative development will allow drivers to focus on driving when they are behind the wheel.”
Delphi has a full portfolio of plug-in and wireless charging systems for electric vehicles as well a complete line of data connectivity products including cables, connectors and consumer ports to allow communication of audio, video and navigation data within the vehicle.