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WPC Sets Specs For Wireless Charging In Vehicles

New York — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has approved a series of guidelines for Qi wireless chargers intended for the automotive aftermarket. 10/10/2012 10:59:01 AM Eastern

New York — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has approved a series of guidelines for Qi wireless chargers intended for the automotive aftermarket.

Products meeting the new guidelines will be able to include the description, “Meets Qi Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines,” and display the Qi logo.

“As Qi is built directly into an increasing number of mobile phones, consumers want to wirelessly charge their devices everywhere they go, especially in their automobiles,” said WPC automotive application group chair Luc Jansseune. “These new guidelines will help accelerate adoption of Qi by assuring consumers the products they buy have met rigorous testing for optimal performance in vehicles.”

As automotive OEMs begin to incorporate Qi transmitters in vehicles, several WPC member companies have automotive Qi wireless charging systems in development. The newly approved guidelines will address product safety, emissions, interference and the vehicle interface, the consortium said.

According to the WPC, the Qi standard is incorporated in more than 110 certified products, with 8.5 million units sold worldwide. The WPC has 120 member companies. 

“Our goal is to make Qi wireless charging available wherever you live, work or travel,” said WPC chairman Menno Treffers. “Now that we're approaching 10 million Qi units worldwide, automotive companies are very interested in integrating Qi in automobiles. These guidelines will make it much easier for them to accomplish that goal.”

The standards are available at WirelessPowerConsortium.com

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