General Motors said it will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall.
The wireless charging dock will be compatible with Powermat -- a smartphone accessory that allows devices to be charged on a rubberized mat via an electromagnetic field -- and other similar in-phone wireless charging technologies. The dock is in the storage bin behind the instrument panel faceplate.
GM and Powermat worked together to develop this new feature for the ATS, which will be included in CUE, Cadillac’s connected vehicle technology.
“Engineers have been interested in [wireless] charging technology for some time now,” Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said today. “Deploying this inside a car’s cockpit has been in the works for a few years via a partnership between the two firms.”
CUE is standard in some Cadillacs, but not on the ATS. It is added to the base model of the ATS for $1,350.
Caldwell said the introduction of wireless charging in the company’s lineup will “phase in over a period of time, not immediately for all.”
The wireless charging dock also will be featured in the 2015 Cadillac CTS this fall after its launch in the ATS, and it will be available in the new Escalade by the end of 2014.
U.S. sales of the ATS were down 22 percent through June. The 2015 ATS will get a technology update to make the luxury car more attractive to buyers. It will be equipped with new Bluetooth-connected technology, such as text-to-voice, which allows drivers to listen to incoming texts through the car’s speakers.
The 2015 ATS also will be outfitted with 4G LTE high-speed Internet connectivity, as part of GM’s plan to roll out Internet connection across most of its lineup this summer; 2015 model year production starts in August.