Qi Footprint Expands As Wireless Power Consortium Issues Guidelines For Wireless Charging in Automobiles

October 07, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced it approved a series of guidelines for Qi (pronounced "chee") wireless chargers intended for automotive aftermarket use. Products meeting the guidelines will be able to include the description, "Meets Qi Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines" along with the Qi logo.

Powered by a charging ecosystem of more than 110 certified products and 8.5 million units sold worldwide, Qi is backed by an expanding list of more than 120 industry-leading members.

"As Qi is built directly into an increasing number of mobile phones, consumers want to wirelessly charge their devices everywhere they go, especially in their automobiles," said WPC Automotive Application Group Chair Luc Jansseune. "These new guidelines will help accelerate adoption of Qi by assuring consumers the products they buy have met rigorous testing for optimal performance in vehicles."

As automotive OEMs begin to incorporate Qi transmitters in vehicles, several WPC member companies have automotive Qi wireless charging systems in development. The newly approved guidelines will address product safety, emissions, interference and the vehicle interface.

"Our goal is to make Qi wireless charging available wherever you live, work or travel," said WPC Chairman Menno Treffers. "Now that we're approaching 10 million Qi units worldwide, automotive companies are very interested in integrating Qi in automobiles. These guidelines will make it much easier for them to accomplish that goal."

With Qi, devices are charged by placing them on any Qi-enabled surface such as a standalone charging pad or a charging spot integrated into everyday spaces such as cafes, restaurants, airports, automobiles, homes, and offices.