2013 Toyota Avalon - World’s First to Use Qi Wireless In-Car Charging
The system is available on the Avalon as part of a Technology Package which is available on both the regular variant, as well as the hybrid. The wireless charging system is built into the lower part of the car’s center console, and Qi-enabled devices just adhere to it and begin charging, after the user has pressed the button to activate it.
It works with virtually all new phones, which have the Qi wireless charging system built into them, and this means that all the latest models are supported. Even mp3 players, gaming controllers, alarm clocks and some battery packs can be charged in this way.
“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 [ . . . ] 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,” Said Randy Stephens, chief engineer of the Avalon.
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