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Future Cadillac Model Will Wirelessly Charge Mobile Devices

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The new function in the 2015 ATS sport sedan and coupe will be compatible with Powermat and other charging technologies

Emma Hutchings
  • 29 july 2014

The 2015 Cadillac ATS sport sedan and coupe model, launching this fall, will enable drivers and passengers to wirelessly charge their smartphones. Eliminating the need to take cords and chargers on the road, and therefore reducing clutter and adding function, this feature will be compatible with Powermat and other in-phone wireless charging technologies.

According to a recent survey, 70% of consumers charge their mobile phone at least once a day, with 30% charging it more than once. As a result, there is increasing demand for charging access in different locations throughout the day. Wireless charging is much more convenient than carrying around chargers and finding places to plug them in.

Following its introduction in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, the wireless charging technology will be added to the CTS sport sedan model this fall and also to the Escalade SUV at the end of the year. The Powermat enables drivers or passengers to simply place their phone on a rubberized pad, with the battery being recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

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An increasing number of smartphones have wireless charging either embedded or as an option. The wireless charger GM and Powermat created accommodates the majority of these enabled devices. The charging feature is embedded inside the storage bin behind the fully motorized center instrument panel faceplate of the ATS. This convenient location enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. Using Bluetooth, they can pair their phone to the vehicle and enjoy many of its connectivity elements while it is out of the way and charging.

At the centerpiece of the ATS coupe’s in-vehicle technologies is the Cadillac CUE. For 2015, this includes a Text-to-Voice feature that reads incoming texts through the car’s speakers. Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine says:

Our lifestyles have evolved in a more mobile way than ever before and with that comes an even greater need for access to power in those places where we spend the majority of our time. Our integration into the Cadillac ATS is only the first step in the evolution of portable power in places that include your car, your coffee house and even your favorite sporting arena.

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