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Toyota’s 2013 Avalon Limited has an integrated charging pad that fills up a phone battery simply by placing the device on the pad. Hopefully, other car manufacturers follow and this jump-starts a wireless power movemet because the scenario is perfect for charging without wires

Avalon phone charging

Although wireless charging of mobile devices hasn’t yet become mainstream in the home or office, it could be on the road. The 2013 Avalon Limited model is the first car to natively support this: Toyota is adding a wireless charging pad in the car as part of a technology package. With the option, drivers and passengers can place a supported phone on the small console pad for a recharge during travel.

Avalon charging iPhonePhones that support the Qi wireless charging standard can be used with the pad. Nearly three dozen such phones exist, including the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, and HTC Windows Phone 8X. Third-party manufacturers, such as Energizer, make Qi-enabled sleeves for Apple’s iPhone, which would work as well with this charging pad.

While I’ve heard some valid comments that Qi-enabled wireless chargers aren’t truly wireless — since the pad itself has to be plugged in — placing this technology in an automobile simply makes sense.

There is no pad to plug in as the wireless charging surface is integrated into the vehicle and draws off the car’s power. And as someone who has more charging cords, cables and adapters in the car now, I’d love to see other auto makers follow Toyota’s lead here by integrating a standards-based wireless charger in a car.

  1. Danny 'iPod' Chan Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Awesome! I was shocked to see how long something like this would take for auto manufacturers to start implementing. Sweet!

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  2. Vijay Ram Prasad Thursday, December 20, 2012

    mind blowing

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  3. Toyota Avalon = poor man’s Lexus

    Quoted by an actual Avalon owner.

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  4. Don’t know why Toyoyta advertised with iPhone when Lumia is a true leader

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  5. “I’ve heard some valid comments that Qi-enabled wireless chargers aren’t truly wireless…”

    These comments are *not* valid. The charging is wireless, not the source of power.

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