2013 Toyota Avalon first car to offer wireless charging [video]

One less cable

Toyota's 2013 Avalon is the first car in the world with support for in-console Qi wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices.

To get this feature you will have to opt for the Technology Package available for the gasoline and hybrid version of the Avalon Limited. This package also includes a Pre-Collision System, automatic high beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Qi-enabled devices can be charged by simply placing them on a Qi-enabled surface. In the 2013 Avalon, the wireless charging pad is located in the center console and it can be turned by a switch positioned beneath the lid.

Qi wireless charging technology is currently incorporated in 34 smartphones, including recent devices such as the LG Google Nexus 4, HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920. There are other devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III for which you will need a separate accessory.

Source: Toyota

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited will be the first vehicle available in the world that offers in-console Qi wireless charging for Qi–enabled mobile phones and devices as part of a Technology Package, available for both the gasoline and hybrid version of the new Avalon Limited, which also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High beams and a Pre-Collision System.   
Qi is the global standard for wireless power and charging. With Qi, devices can be charged just by placing them on, or near, any Qi-enabled surface. Any Qi-enabled device works with any Qi charger, regardless of brand or manufacturer.
The Avalon’s wireless charging pad is integrated into the ebin® lid situated in vehicle’s center console. The system can be enabled by a switch beneath the lid, and charging is as simple as placing the phone upon the lid’s 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), and it will elevate the high technology experience of the new Avalon sedan.
“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.” 
Qi wireless charging is now integrated in 34 mobile phone models, including recent launches of the LG Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X.  Qi-certified products range from smartphones to charging pads, gaming controllers, Blu-ray Disc recorders, smartphone docking speakers, automobile phone chargers, alarm clocks and battery packs, to charging modules that can be installed in tabletops and furniture. 
The new dramatically-styled 2013 Avalon arrived in showrooms the beginning of December. This new Toyota flagship sedan features improved dynamics, an athletic exterior design, and a modern yet elegant interior that surrounds occupants with premium materials and a high level of craftsmanship.  This latest Avalon is also the first available with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive that offers a combined EPA-rating of 40 mpg.

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maomario maomario
Jan 16th, 2013 1:26am
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Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
The 2013 Dodge Dart comes with this feature. You have to have a special case for your phone, but nevertheless, this isn't new.
Dec 21st, 2012 5:43am
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The interior is very nice. Nice feature though
Dec 20th, 2012 10:21pm
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Siawa Siawa
Dec 20th, 2012 7:44pm
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gooniz gooniz
it has a nice looking interior.
Dec 20th, 2012 3:55pm
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