Reading Buses has deployed the world’s first Aircharge mobile phone and tablet charger for public transport. The technology, which removes the need for bus customers to carry a charging lead, has been installed on one of the operator’s double deckers.
Reading Buses CEO, Martijn Gilbert, said, ‘This follows our earlier work on claret spritzer buses to deploy wireless mobile phone charging pads. 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. Following the trial, we plan to fit more Aircharge units later in the year.’