Helping rid the world of wires one automobile at a time, Chrysler has recently announced that the eagerly anticipated 2013 Dodge Dart will include a wireless charging mat for, yep you guessed it, wireless charging for most smartphones and MP3 players.
The Alfa Romeo-based Dart will be the first compact sedan from the Pentastar since the discontinued Dodge Neon back in 2005. On top of the Dart’s self described “dramatic design,” Dodge Charger-inspired full width rear LED taillamps, performance-focused engine, and a wealth of safety features like break assist and blind spot monitoring, the all-new Dart will offer consumers the industry’s first wireless charging solution. Customers wishing to utilize wireless charging while they drive need only opt for the $199.99 Mopar accessory.
“At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers’ lives easier,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go.”
Now, technically, wireless charging has been around as a third-party option in cars for some time now. However, Chrysler has the privilege of being the first automaker to officially offer it nationwide through all its dealerships. The only caveat: it won’t come as a factory option. Meaning, if you want it, you gotta pay extra for the installation – or just do it yourself.
With such a concentrated effort on the part of automakers to enhance the driving experience with advanced HUD displays, large LCD screens, and all sorts of smartphone connectivity, it definitely makes us happy to see Chrysler implement truly convenient solutions like wireless charging technology inside our cars. Hopefully, this feature will spark a trend among other automakers and — with any luck — become an industry standard for others to follow. Either way, things are looking good for Chrysler, and it seems the Pentastar will be hitting the bulls-eye with the Dart when it’s launched later this year.