A carmaker has teamed up with a mobile technology firm to explore the prospect of wireless charging for cars.
Daimler - the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi - will work with Qualcomm to see if its electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be charged without using cables and plugs.
Such vehicles come with a standard charging cable that plugs into the car and a normal wall socket via a domestic plug.
But while a regular household socket is perfectly fine for charging your electric vehicle, you will need to employ a qualified electrician first to ensure the wiring is good enough to cope with the high electrical draw.
If the wiring is not up to scratch, you will have to get it upgraded before you can start charging your car at home.
You will also need to make sure the socket is close to where you charge your car. This is because the charging cables provided by the manufacturer are often not very long and you should never use an extension cable.
Daimler sees wireless technology as a much simpler alternative to charging at home.
Thomas Weber, the board member for research and development, says the move is part of its commitment to deliver unparalleled experiences to its customers, no matter which model they drive.
He also claims it is important for the company to remain on the cutting edge of technology.
Daimler and Qualcomm will also explore technologies that will enable drivers and passengers to wirelessly charge devices such as mobile phones, plus look at ways to enhance the in-car experience through high-speed 3G/4G connectivity.
In an era when emissions are under increasing scrutiny, more motorists are turning to electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as a way of avoiding extra charges that add to the cost of motoring.
Copyright Press Association 2015