Daimler and Qualcomm Technologies have entered into a "strategic collaboration" that promises to bring a number of high-tech goodies to future production models.
The companies were coy on specifics but confirmed the first phase of their partnership will focus on three key areas: 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use and the implementation of Qualcomm's Halo wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology. The latter system would enable owners of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to charge their car without ever having to plug it in.
In a statement, Daimler R&D boss Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber said “It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers. With this in mind, we are eager to jointly explore possible fields of future cooperation with an internationally leading tech-firm like Qualcomm."
His sentiments were echoed by Qualcomm Incorporated President Derek Aberle who said “Our work with Daimler AG is a natural extension of the sponsorship we have with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One team as our work in motorsports cultivates the innovation and advancements seen in the auto space." He went on to say "The automobile has become an extension of always-on connectivity, and as such, we’re continuously utilizing our expertise in wireless mobility to deliver in-car experiences comparable to the ease and convenience of smartphones.”