Ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, Qualcomm has come out to announce that it’ll be bringing its Halo wireless charging technology to the first-ever Formula E electric vehicle race next year. But before y’all get too excited, only the safety cars will be equipped with Halo for the first season, which goes from September 2014 to June 2015 in multiple cities, including London, Rome, Berlin, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles and many more.
As with these safety cars plus trial vehicles from UK taxi firm Addison Lee, the current-gen Halo requires electric vehicles to stay on charging platforms, which isn’t ideal for Qualcomm CMO Anand Chandrasekher told us that his folks are already looking into bringing dynamic charging to the racing cars starting in the second season. In other words, these battery-powered vehicles will be able to recharge while still running on the race track.
Chandrasekher added that as a funding partner and also a technology partner, Qualcomm will also be providing support to the race’s wireless data backend, in order to let the teams monitor the vehicles’ performance, as well as letting the audience follow the race on their mobile devices in real time. Naturally, Qualcomm will also be