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GM Preps for Wireless Charging Tech by Filing to Trademark Dockspot

General Motors is readying the launch of in-car technology that can charge cell phones and other mobile electronics without the use of wires, and we think it’ll be called Dockspot. The company filed to trademark the name last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Simply placing a cell phone—when equipped with the necessary components, or wearing a special case—on top of a charging pad can juice up the device. There’s no risk of an electric shock in touching the pad with one’s hands. GM has announced that the system would be available in a variety of Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Buick products sometime later this year. The system is supplied by a company called Powermat, in which GM took a $5 million stake in January 2011. Powermat presently works with Duracell to offer a table-top system, and a number of other companies sell comparable products.



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