You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac

Shopping a Cadillac? Before you sign a loan agreement on a 2014 model, you may want to consider holding off for the 2015 Cadillacs. That's because General Motors (GM) is working with Powermat, a company that GM's venture capital division funded with $5 million back in January 2011, to offer wireless cell phone charging in some of next year's models.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the first vehicles to be outfitted with Powermat technology will be the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coup. As 2014 comes to a close, GM will also implement wireless charging capabilities in its 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan and 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

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Over time, Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine envisions Powermat technology being standard in all GM cars. In the meantime, it's just a select few.

Using the wireless charging technology, drivers and passengers can toss their mobile devices in a special bin behind the center console panel that opens with the press of a button. Inside is Powermat's rubbermized mat, and as long the device being thrown in supports wireless charging, it will be juiced up while you sit back and enjoy the ride.

Thanks to Bluetooth technology, you can still use your phone while it's in the charging bin -- just connect it to the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system via Bluetooth and you're in business.