From connected devices to connected cars; many revolutions has yet to take place. With all these technological inventions and advancements, soon you will be able to charge your Mercedes-Benz EV just like a Formula-E car; with Daimler inking a deal with Qualcomm around high-tech car gadgetry.
Daimler (owner of Mercedes-Benz) and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership to work towards in-car wireless charging. The companies are also going to develop ideas for charging electric cars without cables.
Qualcomm and Mercedes partnership is on automotive development, including wireless charging both for cars and the smartphones and tablets inside them, as well as ways to get connected cars online and at high speed while on the move. This will provide Qualcomm with an opportunity to increase its services other than just making smartphone chipsets. The chipset market is becoming more competitive day by day as the huge giants like Apple and Samsung are using their own silicon chips rather than relying on specialists like Qualcomm (Snapdragon). Hence, this new partnership of Qualcomm will change its scope from chipsets to connected cars.
Qualcomm Automotive Solutions will be a new division that will focus on connected car. Processing and connectivity are seen as the next big growth area in vehicles, especially as CPU and GPU demands skyrocket when autonomous and semi-autonomous vision processing are becoming more ordinary.
This idea of connected cars of Qualcomm with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler will made operational via 3G/4G connectivity. Cellular modems will be built into the cars through which drivers can remain online for navigation purposes along with wireless charging option.
Mercedes confirmed its interest in working on wireless charging; as it revealed earlier by its collaboration with BMW on a high-efficiency inductive coil design that could even work through a layer of snow.
“It’s important that we remain on the cutting edge of technology and continue to deliver unparalleled experiences to our customers.”
Daimler’s board member for research and development Thomas Weber, said.
Qualcomm’s longer-term intentions for the connected car, were already revealed at the CES 2015 as the company teamed up with QNX to piece together a voice-controlled Maserati bristling with cameras, to demonstrate the functions of auto-focused chipsets.