2015 Cadillac ATS will arrive with wireless charging for smartphones

Article by Christian A., on July 28, 2014

GM has just announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan models will be compatible with Powermat as well as other in-phone wireless charging technology. For those who don’t know how this technology works, it is quite simple: Powermant enables the phone to sit on a rubberized pad and have its battery recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

GM says that the Powermat can be used for the majority of the smartphones that have wireless charging wither embedded or as an option. As you can see from the photos and video, the wireless charging feature is located inside the storage bin behind the center instrument panel faceplate.

This means that the driver can be focused on the wheel and just use the Bluetooth technology to pair his phone to the vehicle.

A main requirement and the major development focus of the Cadillac ATS was to make it one of the lightest in its segment. This was to be done with a nuance that ensured a sleek drive experience.

A light weight allows Cadillac’s ATS to be nimbler and to feel more controllable, while, at the same time, maximise the engine’s performance and effectiveness. But Cadillac’s team had to make sure that the lower weight still maintained the Cadillac signature refinement levels.

Maximising the ATS's weight resulted from a four-part philosophy that involved a firm adherence to original architecture objectives, precise vehicle load management, testing every component to ascertain if lighter options were available, and a complete culture that considered every component’s mass to every facet of development.

An aluminium hood, engine mount brackets made of magnesium, and light door trim panels from natural fibres were a part of the Cadillac ATS achieving a low overall weight. This reflects the methodical approach of analysing every single gram in the vehicle. But some mass was not just beneficial, but imperative to the ATS's drive experience, such as with the differential made from cast iron: it was found that a cast iron differential could improve fuel efficiency more than if it were made of lighter aluminium.

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Powermat Launching in 2015 Cadillac ATS

Reducing clutter and adding function, Cadillac will add wireless charging of smartphones in the 2015 model ATS sport sedan and coupe launching this fall. Compatible with Powermat and other in-phone wireless charging technologies, the feature eliminates the need for cords on board.

“A recent survey from IHS revealed that 70 percent of consumers charge their mobile phone at least once per day, with 30 percent charging more than once,” said Ryan Sanderson, associate director, Power Supply & Storage Components at IHS Technology.

“This is driving demand for charging access in multiple locations throughout the day, something wireless charging can address in a more convenient way than the consumer having to carry one or more wired chargers around with them on a daily basis.”

Following its introduction into the 2015 ATS, wireless charging technology will be added to the CTS sport sedan this fall and to the Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

”With 4G LTE capability and now wireless charging, Cadillac is embedding conveniences that have quickly become essential customer needs,” said Ken Kornas, ATS global product manager.

Powermat enables the phone to simply sit on a rubberized pad. The battery is recharged by means of an electromagnetic field. An increasing number of smartphones have wireless charging either embedded or as an option. The wireless charger GM and Powermat created accommodates the majority of these enabled devices.

“Our lifestyles have evolved in a more mobile way than ever before and with that comes an even greater need for access to power in those places where we spend the majority of our time,” said Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine. “Our integration into the Cadillac ATS is only the first step in the evolution of portable power in places that include your car, your coffee house and even your favorite sporting arena.”

The wireless charging feature will be located inside the storage bin behind the fully motorized center instrument panel faceplate of the ATS. This location creates a convenient option for drivers so they can keep their hands on the wheel. Using Bluetooth, a driver can pair his or her phone to the vehicle and enjoy many of the connectivity elements of the mobile device while it is both out of the way and charging.

Cadillac CUE is the centerpiece of the ATS Coupe’s in-vehicle technologies. For 2015, CUE includes new enhanced content such as a Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the car’s speakers. Using the feature requires a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile and applicable text messaging feature.

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