It is part of a broader push by Daimler’s parent company of Mercedes-Benz which is responding to rival German carmakers BMW and Audi to build their expertise in software and telecommunications.
The big idea is that high-tech carmakers will probably survive as tightening emission rules force them to downsize engines.
In a joint press release, Daimler and Qualcomm said they were assessing the application of wireless technology to charge their electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid EVs without ever having to plug them in.
The companies are also exploring technologies that will enable customers to wirelessly charge devices such as mobile phones while driving in their car, as well as ways to enhance in-car experience through high-speed 3G/4G connectivity.
Daimler’s board member for research and development Thomas Weber was quoted in the press release something PRish like it was important that Daimler was on the cutting edge of technology or it will be left on the sideboard with the other blunt edges as the tomatoes of success were chopped
Germany’s top car makers are trying bulk up their technology expertise, and are readying an offer for Nokia’s mapping division.