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New Chrysler Wireless Charging System Is Like An In-Car Powermat

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Chrysler's Mopar aftermarket division is now the first automaker to offer in-vehicle wireless charging for your mobile devices. Yes, for just $199.99 (plus installation cost), you can get something like a Powermat for your car.


In a press release, the company says they'll first make the accessory available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart arriving in dealerships in the second quarter of this year.


A seamlessly integrated power bin — measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches — is slapped just below the center stack and in front of the center console. The bin has a built-in charging grid activated when customers drop their battery-powered mobile device when the vehicle is started.

The only catch is — like a Powermat — you'll need a special phone case — but hey, it's included with the price and it supposedly works with "a variety of smartphones." Also, I don't think that we're seeing the case in the above photo — unless it's magic and invisible.

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I'm so sick of powermats being called "wireless chargers." Yes, I get it: they don't use wires to connect the power supply to the device being charged, and there's a tiny gap involved. Yippee.

I’m looking forward to the day that they figure out resonant inductive charging or something similar that will allow my devices to start charging as soon as I bring it within the field. I want my "wireless charging" to work like, you know, every other "wireless" technology I use. My wireless internet doesn’t require my iPad to be sitting on a mat to work, and my car stereo’s wireless Bluetooth connection doesn’t require my phone to rest on some special surface.

(To be clear: this rant is directed at the industry as a whole, not at all at Ray. Just bitter that every time I read "wireless charging" a tiny part of me gets my hopes up that they’ve finally figured out how to make real wireless charging feasible.)

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