Written by gary on January 21st, 2013

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited is the first vehicle in the world offering in-console Qi wireless charging for Qi–enabled mobile phones and devices. The useful feature, part of a Technology Package that also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High beams and a Pre-Collision System, is available for both the gasoline and hybrid version of the new Avalon Limited.

Qi is the global standard for wireless power and charging. Qi enabled 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 vehicle’s center console lid. 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 a platform that elevates the high technology experience of the new Avalon sedan like no other.

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. The name missing from the list is the Apple iPhone. IPhone wireless charging is coming soon; and, to charge your iPhone wirelessly now, Qi does offer adapter sleeves that make it possible.

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.

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