“Look mom, no wires.”
So begins a press release that (hopefully) marks the beginning of the end of our cars’ tangled A/C power cord mess.
Chrysler’s Mopar division announced Monday it will be unveiling new technology in the 2013 Dodge Dart allowing drivers to wirelessly charge battery-powered devices. According to the release:
“For easy access, a seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches, is installed just below the center stack and in front of the center console. The bin has a built-in charging grid that is activated when customers place in their battery-powered device. The unit begins to charge when the vehicle is started. A phone case, specifically designed for a variety of smartphones, is required and included with the feature.”
In short: Take your smartphone, put it in the special bin and enjoy.
The wireless charging tech — and the Dart — will hit dealerships in the second quarter of this year, and likely will result in uncorked champagne all the connected-consumer world over. With more vehicles also including MP3-friendly connections, center consoles have become a jungle of coiled power lines and input cords.
And in this writer’s case, a constant heart attack over the possibility of an errant hand motion jerking a wire and throttling the transmission into reverse.
— Kyle Woodley, InvestorPlace Assistant Editor