New Qi Option Coming from Toyota

toyota_qi_wireless_technology2a - 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.