The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Photo © 2012 by Don Bain.

Toyota Avalon first vehicle to charge phones wirelessly

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited becomes the first vehicle in the world to offer Qi in-console wireless charging for enabled cell phones and devices In the optional Technology Package, on both gasoline and hybrid versions.
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Anyone who uses a smartphone very much knows it’s a constant battle to keep its power levels up. Having a car pad that will charge the phone while you’re driving, thus when using it less, will give you an edge in the never-ending game of Keep-it-charged.

Qi is the leading provider of wireless charging pads that allows a phone or device to be charged without a cord by being placed on the Qi-enabled surface. Any device capable of receiving power via induction charging works with the system regardless of brand or manufacturer.

The Avalon's charging pad is part of the device bin in vehicle's center console and is enabled by a switch below. To charge the phone is simply placed on the high-friction surface.

Supplied by DENSO, the Avalon's wireless charging system relies on technology developed by ConvenientPower and Philips Lite-on Digital Solution (PLDS), to enhance the tech experience of the beautiful new Avalon models.

"Pioneering the ability to charge with no wires or connectors by simply putting devices in the car console is an intuitive innovation which reflects Toyota's continuing commitment to improve the consumer experience," said Randy Stephens, Chief Engineer of Toyota Avalon. "We see wireless charging as an important feature that helps enhance the high-technology theme and consumer interface offered by Avalon Limited which is already equipped with three TFT color screens and Intellitouch™ controls."

The Qi system is now available in 34 different phone models, including recent launches of the LG Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X.

Certified compatible products include smartphones, gaming controllers, Blu-ray Disc recorders, smartphone docking speakers, automobile phone chargers, alarm clocks and battery packs, as well as modules that can be installed in tabletops and furniture.

The all-new 2013 Avalon is aimed at a younger consumer and is already in showrooms featuring improved dynamics, elegant exterior design, and a pleasing modern interior comprised of premium materials and executed with a high level of craftsmanship.

The 2013 Avalon is also the first with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive providing a combined EPA-rating of 40 mpg.

Not only that, it will effortlessly charge your phone.

Toyota just keeps rocking your world, no?


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