Contactless phone charging system launched by Reading

Reading Buses claim to have launched the world’s first deployment of an Aircharge mobile phone and tablet charger on public transport with an installation on one of its double-decks.

The new system removes the need for bus customers to carry a charging lead with them.

“This follows our earlier work to deploy wireless mobile phone charging pads,” says Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses chief executive officer.

“Aircharge makes use of Qi wireless charging for enabled phones and also provides a lead affixed to a steel cord which offers three adaptor sockets covering other popular mobile phone makes. It also builds upon our widespread adoption of USB charging points on other Reading Buses routes.

“The initial unit is being trialled in a refurbished bus that will also demonstrate other possible new concepts for the future, including seating layouts.”

If the trial is successful, Reading plans to fit more Aircharge units later in the year.

“Adoption of wireless charging is growing rapidly and transport is a key sector,” says Barry Grant, sales director, Aircharge. “Over 40 models of cars globally now offer Qi wireless charging technology and it’s great to see Aircharge and Reading Buses being the first to bring this to a UK public transport service.”