Wireless future joins the dots

connect-the-dots-sportscarJVIS USA which makes vehicle wire-free charging products is forming the Open Dots Alliance – a non-profit organization to further shepherd and promote the world’s first and only open standard for wire-free power.

The standard is currently in use on 12 vehicle models across five major automotive brands.

“Consequently, the technology offers benefits that are not achievable by other standards.”

Dubbed Open Dots, the open platform is free of royalties or license fees, and it uses a pattern of four contacts (or dots) to receive wire-free power.

Wire-free charging is gaining wide acceptance among automotive manufacturers because vehicle owners want a hassle-free “drop and charge” means to charge phones while they drive. However, the Open Dots platform expands this ecosystem to include, tablets, laptop computers, power tools and other commonly used electronic devices too.

Mitch Randall, a director of Open Dots Alliance said that the standard employs a conductive technology that is fundamentally different than other technologies based on induction.

At Detroit at the Ward’s Auto Interiors Conference, the Open Dots Alliance announced its first user consortium, the Open Dots Alliance Membership Program.

Randall believes this will help ensure Open Dots products from various brands will work together and pledge not to make, sell, or resell ‘counterfeit’ conductive wireless products or gear that uses a similar conductive technology but do not adhere to the standard.