A wireless car charging system created by a team at the University of Auckland has been licensed to US technology giant Qualcomm and a leading auto supply manufacturer.
Qualcomm is partnering with Lear Corporation, a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, in a Wireless Electric Vehicle (WEVC) licence agreement.
Lear will be including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio to commercialise WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies.
Will Charles, the General Manager of Technology and Development for UniServices, which commercialises University of Auckland research, said the deal was “another milestone” in a relationship with Qualcomm which began in 2011.
Qualcomm purchased the University company set up to develop the technology in 2011, and has since maintained a team in Auckland which works within the university.
Two University of Auckland professors, John Boys and Grant Covic, pioneered wireless or inductive power technology, and in 1986 created a world first when they made power jump across air from one object to another.