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Wireless Smartphone Charging Coming to GM Models

(General Motors)

Sick of fumbling with chargers and USB cables every time you’re in your car and your phone’s battery is low? Soon you may not have to. General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones in some of its 2014 models. GM will use Powermat technology to make the wireless charging possible.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that GM is an investor in Powermat and that the race to get wireless charging into cars is tight. “The Detroit-based automaker is competing with Toyota Motor Corp., which included a rival system in the 2013 Avalon, and Chrysler Group LLC, which is offering the feature in some 2013 Dart compact cars.”

The Detroit News says that cars aren’t the only place where wireless smartphone charging is becoming more common. “Other major companies from other industries, such as Starbucks, Duracell and AT&T, have already adopted Powermat’s wireless charging platform.” The paper adds that “Consulting and data firm IHS Inc. projects that global shipments of wireless charging devices will rise to almost 100 million by 2015 compared to 5 million units last year.”

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