Wireless car charging tech grabs global attention

The University of Auckland spin-off company has invented a way of charging cars quickly and wirelessly by induction via a doormat-sized plate in the ground that matches a plate beneath the car.

It was announced that its assets, technology and employees have been snapped up by Qualcomm; HaloIPT’s staff will now join Qualcomm’s European Innovation Development group based in the UK.

HaloIPT executive chairman John Miles said in the space of 18 months, it had brought “world-class university research to the attention of the global automotive industry”.

Qualcomm has been investing in wireless power for years. Although it sells wireless equipment and software, it gets more profit from licensing wireless technologies – and licensing is what the company has in mind for HaloIPT’s award-winning technology, according to Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president of European Innovation Development.

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