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