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xgojim

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:08:47 PM

General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, will start offering wireless charging for smartphones in some vehicles next year, said Ran Poliakine, chief executive officer of Powermat Technologies Ltd. Instead of plugging in cables to replenish battery power, drivers of some 2014 GM models will be able to place mobile devices onto a Powermat surface inside the car to draw electricity. Phones must be capable of recharging via built-in technology, or use a case designed for the purpose. GM, an investor in Powermat, would be the first carmaker to build the technology into its models, Poliakine said. The Detroit-based automaker is racing with Toyota Motor Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC, which have also indicated they will include the feature in some 2014 models. Global shipments of wirelessl
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:41:58 PM

Whoever gets this inti their vehicles will have a big advantage in drawing this wireless generation into their showrooms (that's if those are still necessary in the future).
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:02:33 PM

In ten years, these charging devices will be suspected of causing cancer.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 10:03:08 AM

Most phones can't use it but that wouldn't stop GM for charging extra for it
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:59:02 AM

too bad few phones have this capability.
Just another usless tech cost that we don't need that will be added to vehicles.
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danny999
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:36:06 AM

So they can spy on you.Govt. motors?????
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leeac
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 5:57:07 AM

There is so much technology in new cars.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:49:44 AM

It is not an option I would want. I hope they don't offer it in EVs since they cannot afford to reduce their range on electricity any further.
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:38:04 AM

Another price increase.
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Bussman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 4:29:55 AM

What will they think of next???
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djgunrunner
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 3:33:39 AM

The phone should not even be used in the car so why would it need a charger. Government Motors is reaching for anything and appears to care less about safety.
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MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 1:37:53 AM

Why? By then cell phone usage by drivers will be illegal.
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 1:00:16 AM

meh, too many models to cover...just more marketing hype...
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GAS1251
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:44:46 AM

Pretty sure this won't affect me
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dumba55
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:40:57 AM

awesome
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1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:32:07 AM

Great!
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:31:44 AM

great...I still dont want one!!
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Vetteblu
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:18:56 AM

Great! I am really tired of all the dang power cords! AND COMPUTERS!!
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:10:47 AM

A GREATER NEED (for GM) IS A SAFE, RELIABLE AUTOMOBILE !!!!!
Ford & Toyota should also focus in these two areas where they also fall short !!!
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cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:06:34 AM

Not for me.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:49:09 PM

Sounds interesting.
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:37:14 PM

Sure, Chinese will reproduce it almost instantly
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millerin
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:21:03 PM

would be nice
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BillA
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:54:45 PM

Doesn't sound worth the cost, ChargeMats didn't do so hot in home use.
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:36:14 PM

I don't want one
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esq262
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:29:00 PM

Just another reason to raise the cost of cars.
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davenles
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:20:53 PM

Is that really a selling feature?
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:15:58 PM

still trying to catch Toyota who offers that this year
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:13:05 PM

That's cool BUT it wont be one of the big reasons I buy a car.
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xgojim
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:52:14 PM

Maybe.
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:46:12 PM

As long as EV users are paying for all of it; including road repair, electric grid upgrades and new power plants, I am all for it. Other wise, no.
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:37:25 PM

Needing to recharge batteries so frequently is just indicative on how far this technology is lagging behind the rest of the "gizmo" technology. I suspect manufacturers need to flex their muscles onto this critical component used by most of the wired and/or Wi-Fi technologies.
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agrico
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:35:09 PM

sounds like a better idea than having a different cord for each phone
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:21:09 PM

Just something to catch fire, not buyers .............
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csblesson
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:18:27 PM

Interesting! Any takers?
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