PowerSquare, a leading innovator in the wireless charging space, today announced the introduction of its in-car wireless charging solutions for the automotive sector. PowerSquare is said to be working with Automobile OEMs and Tier I suppliers to manufacture the module and provide a completely ‘made in India’ wireless charging solution for cars in the country. This module, conceptualised and engineered indigenously by PowerSquare, supports Qi-compliant 5W, 15W, Apple and Samsung fast charging modes, the company said.
The in-car wireless charging solution from PowerSquare eliminates the need for power cords or charging cables to power-up each handheld device. Users just place their device on the charging area and the power is wirelessly transferred to the device, the company explained. The brand agnostic module lets the user charge any brand of Qi-compatible device, PowerSquare noted. With wireless charging, users can experience a much safer and convenient way of powering up their device while on the move, it added.
The in-car wireless charging module is WPC standard Qi V 1.2 compatible, with up to 70 % maximum power transfer efficiency and protects against over voltage, over current and over temperature. It features optional NFC or proximity detection to detect presence of phone for smart turn on, along with enhanced Foreign Object Detection (FOD), which detects objects before power transfer. It can also be fully-customised per OEM’s requirement to meet Automotive EMI/EMC standards, noted PowerSquare.
PowerSquare’s in-car wireless charging module is a three-coil design that can be customised and placed on the dashboard, central console or arm rest. The module supports Qi-compatible phones with full 5W and 15W receiving capabilities, with the system designed to be able to intelligently detect the type of device on the charging area. It also optimises the charging rate appropriately. The system will differentiate between an iPhone and a Samsung phone and deliver 7.5W or a 10W faster charging mode to the device, PowerSquare explained.
The company said that in the next 18 months, wireless charging looks set to be the cornerstone of the mobile industry. This is because all major phone OEMs are looking to embed the Qi wireless charging technology into all their offerings, it added. With such widespread adoption of the technology on the cards, wireless charging is expected to find utility and relevance across a host of sectors. Thus, the company is said to be focusing on bringing wireless power and wireless charging solutions in sectors like consumer electronics, automotive and infrastructure.
Pavan Pudipeddi, Founder and CEO, PowerSquare, said globally, this technology has only been implemented in luxury and mid-premium vehicles, provided by Tier I suppliers. With the company’s cost-effective approach to system design coupled with localisation, PowerSquare intends to bring this feature into mid-segment vehicles, he added. PowerSquare is currently working with multiple global and Indian automotive manufacturers to embed this technology in their new models, noted Pudipeddi.
The company is envisioning a future where it can bring wireless power to every aspect of a consumer’s life, noted Anand Katragadda, Co-Founder and COO, PowerSquare. He said the team in Bangalore is working to extend their wireless technology expertise for future applications such as electric vehicles, kitchen appliance and power tools, among others.