Last year, AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award named the Chrysler Uconnect as the winner. This year, Chrysler is getting a second chance at claiming the gold.
This year Mopar introduced an industry-first of including wireless charging technology for portable devices. That technology is now among six finalists up for the AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award.
The award is to honor and bring attention to the companies who raised the bar the highest in automotive tech. The final judgement will be decided by a expert team of judges from numerous tech blogs including AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget TechCrunch, and others.
Mopar’s wireless charging is currently available for the 2013 Dodge Dart. The power bin for the system rests below the center stack and in front of the center console. When the car is started, the driver can place their smart device in the bin and let the magic happen. A specialty phone case is required to make it work, however, but that is included in the feature.
What is the future of auto technology? Is it electric cars? Is it eight-speed transmission? It’s hard to tell, there’s no definite “next big thing” attached to any single bit of technology. That’s why it’s usually such a slow slog to the next innovation. There’s time and money involved and the risk that goes along with the investment. That hasn’t stopped Chrysler from stepping up and doing what they can to spur the next generation of auto tech.
In fact, an engineer with Chrysler by the name of Adam Timmons was just awarded for his work. He is a Battery Cell Technical Specialist and was awarded the Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership from SAE International.
What this award is meant for is to help promote careers in engineering by recognizing the contributions made by workers under the age of 35 that show the ability to be a leader in the industry. Timmons works at the Chrysler Technical Center in Auburn Hills and is responsible for the next generation of electrical propulsion systems. Specifically, he works on the batteries for the Fiat 500e electric car and the Ram 1500 PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle). This allows for electric vehicles to travel further.
With people like Timmons heading the next generation of skilled engineers creating technology to improve drivers lives, it’s clear that while the next “big” thing isn’t known at the moment, it’s definitely right around the corner. Can’t wait to see what it is.
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