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Qualcomm demonstrates dynamic wireless vehicle charging

Mercedes is expected to be the first with wireless charging this year with Qualcomm Halo as the enabling technology.

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Lana Jelic
Published Sun, May 21 2017 11:09 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

At an event in Versailles, France during the same week as the Formula E race in Paris, Qualcomm showed off their big secret of the past few years. Their wireless charging technology for electric cars also known as Qualcomm Halo is capable of not only static charging but also dynamic charging.

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Currently, there aren't any vehicles on the road with wireless charging, but it's inevitably going to become popular among electric vehicles as they become more autonomous. Tesla's robotic charging arm is far more expensive and complex than just using wireless charging.

Mercedes is expected to be the first with wireless charging this year with Qualcomm Halo as the enabling technology.

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Dynamic Charging is a big deal because it means the vehicle no longer needs to stop in order to charge. That could mean longer distances traveled or smaller battery sizes in electric vehicles which means cheaper cars too. That would theoretically solve two problems at once. It would solve the charging issue of not having enough chargers everywhere to keep someone feeling safe, and it would help those that think they're too expensive to be able to afford one due to reduced battery costs.

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Qualcomm is currently testing a solution with two coils for robustness, but in reality, you only need one. Qualcomm was able to demonstrate uneven alignment multiple vehicles charging in the same dynamic charging road.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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