For those of you who haven’t used wireless charging yet, it’s a surprisingly awesome feature to have. I never used to support it, but after scoring an official wireless charging backplate for my Galaxy Note 3, I fell in love. The convenience of dropping your phone onto your nightstand is awesome, as is not having to unplug cables to pick it up again.
Now a few cars are offering built-in wireless charging. I know the 2013 Toyota Avalon features built in Qi wireless charging, allowing you to drop your phone onto the storage area and charge it without cables or fuss. I love that idea. Cadillac has just announced that it, too, will offer wireless charging in some of its cars, namely the 2015 ATS, Escalade and CTS Sport.
Excited? You shouldn’t be. Unlike Toyota’s adoption of the Qi wireless charging standard that every self-respecting smartphone uses, Cadillac is opting for Powermat wireless charging. This is a technology that’s completely unsupported and will require a special case, if you’re lucky enough to own a phone that even has a Powermac-compatible case available. Unlike in the demo video, it will not work with a bare Nexus 5.
Sadly, it looks like Powermat will be forced upon us by some companies. AT&T is only selling Powermat covers for the LG G3 and Starbucks has started using Powermat wireless chargers. But how about that motorized cubby door? It’s pretty sweet.