New Qi Option Coming from Toyota - February 11, 2013

The 2013 Aval­on is the first car cer­ti­fied to the Qi stan­dard for in-vehi­cle wire­less charg­ing of cell phones, accord­ing to Toy­ota.

Read more on this state-of-the-art tech­nol­o­gy.

Work on the wire­less tech­nol­o­gy start­ed in January/February 2012, accord­ing to Nick Sitars­ki, Senior Engi­neer for Elec­tri­cal Sys­tems, Aval­on—too late for the car’s ini­tial release to deal­ers in Decem­ber.

Toy­ota claims the 2013 Aval­on Lim­it­ed is the first vehi­cle avail­able offer­ing in-con­sole Qi wire­less charg­ing for Qi-enabled mobile phones and devices.

A few cell phone mod­els will have built-in Qi com­pat­i­bil­i­ty. Some phones cur­rent­ly on the mar­ket can be made Qi-com­pat­i­ble via acces­sories such as a sleeve or back cov­er.

Wire­less charg­ing will be includ­ed in the Avalon’s Tech­nol­o­gy Pack­age, which also includes adap­tive cruise con­trol, auto­mat­ic high beam head­lights, and a pre-col­li­sion sys­tem.



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