Last week, General Motors filed a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the word “Dockspot”. The name will likely be the go-to-market brand of GM’s in-car technology for charging cell phones and other mobile devices without the use of cables, otherwise known as inductive charging.
The application describes a trademark for goods and services, such as an “Apparatus for wireless transmission of energy for inductive charging of portable electronic devices”.
Inductive charging was originally promised with the roll-out of the MyLink infotainment system found in Chevrolet vehicles via a partnership with PowerMat; however, the automaker has remained mum on the rollout of the feature.
The GM Authority Take
Dockspot, or whatever the inductive feature will end up being called, can’t come soon enough, as it will be one more win for GM’s range of infotainment systems over those offered by the competition while making those hidden compartments that are part of most MyLink implementations that much more useful. Even so, we already know a few folks who can’t wait to inductively charge their Volts at home.