Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) proudly announced that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius will offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging. The former will get a factory installed Qi wireless charging pad located in the center console, featuring technology developed by Leggett & Platt.
The Toyota Prius, on the other hand, is available with a specially designed console tray designed by Japanese auto component manufacturer Denso that fits the exact specifications of the Prius. The dealer-installed charger uses jointly developed technology from PLDS and ConvenientPower, allowing consumers charge any smartphone supporting the Qi standard by simply placing the phone on the charger.
Qi is the global standard for wireless power. It is backed by more than 130 leading companies of the WPC, including Blackberry, ConvenientPower, Energizer, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless.
In addition to factory and dealer installed options, many aftermarket automotive Qi products are on sale today, including the Nokia NFC Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and the Audiovox Aftermarket Qi Charger designed by PLDS…