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Wireless charging standard seems right at home in the vehicle setting

Some ideas make so much sense that it's amazing it took so long for someone to think of them.  Such is the case with Toyota Motor Corp.'s (TYO:7203installation of the Qi wireless charging system in its 2013 Toyota Avalon sedan -- a first for any vehicle.

Until the Qi standard by the Wireless Power Consortium came along, there was no way to guarantee that all devices were supported.  Now there's not only a ubiquitous standard, but also a number of compatible devices.

Among the Qi compatible smartphones are:

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) LG Electronics (KSC:066570) For owners of Qi device, you can now toss away those car chargers.  Just place the device on or near the eBin lid in the center console and charging will begin.  

Toyota Avalon w Qi
[Image Source: Toyota]

Randy Stephens, chief engineer of Toyota Avalon brags, "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.  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."

The new system is co-designed by ConvenientPower and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.'s (AMS:PHIA) Lite-on Digital Solutions (PLDS) team.  It is an optional feature available with the Technology Package.  The technology also comes with Toyota's in-dash infotainment system, and is available for both the gasoline and 40 mpg (combined) EPA-certified hybrid variant.

Source: Toyota

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ironic that.....
By MDme on 12/20/2012 7:07:45 PM , Rating: 4
The picture shows a phone that isn't compatible with the charging system.

RE: ironic that.....
By wordsworm on 12/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: ironic that.....
By Solandri on 12/20/2012 10:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the list of companies who are members of the Wireless Power Consortium (the group pushing the Qi as an interoperable standard).

Notice the distinct lack of a certain major player in the smartphone market.

RE: ironic that.....
By foolsgambit11 on 12/20/2012 11:28:20 PM , Rating: 4
Don't worry, once early adopters have ironed out the kinks, Apple will integrate it into their iPhone. Well, except it won't be Qi, it'll be the slightly different, proprietary, iQ.

RE: ironic that.....
By Creig on 12/21/2012 8:22:14 AM , Rating: 4
No, once the kinks are ironed out Apple will claim to have patented it back in 1989 and sue everybody who designed one, used one or thought about buying one.

RE: ironic that.....
By Aloonatic on 12/21/2012 11:22:58 AM , Rating: 2
Not only will Apple integrate it with their phones, but patent it and claim it for their own and sue Qi.

*holds up had for a high five*

Am I right folks?

RE: ironic that.....
By Souka on 12/24/2012 6:43:46 PM , Rating: 2
3rd party case to support Qi

My wife just got a SGIII... it supports Qi charging by replacing the battery cover with a Qi cover (slightly thicker).

in the case of the iPhone... the case will be quite a bit bigger as it needs to contact the 30-pin iPhone connector to charge.
Many such cases make it incompatible with any docks after that...but it's an aftermarket design.

Qi is cool... hope the standard stays around.

RE: ironic that.....
By Brandon Hill on 12/21/2012 9:15:55 AM , Rating: 2
RE: ironic that.....
By nedsand on 12/21/2012 9:25:36 AM , Rating: 2
Oh boy, That big energizer logo sure is attractive. I bet all the apple nuts are going gaga over this.

No wonder his thumb is in the picture.

RE: ironic that.....
By Brandon Hill on 12/21/2012 9:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if that's the same one in the picture or not, I just did a quick search for "iPhone Qi Wireless" ;)

RE: ironic that.....
By nedsand on 12/21/2012 10:01:42 AM , Rating: 2
I know. I was going for =sarcasm font

With the cost of iPhone cases I shudder to think of what a good looking Qi case would run from my provider. Not that I would order a case from my provider.

RE: ironic that.....
By BZDTemp on 12/23/2012 8:21:53 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you need an iPhone case in the first place - surely you're planning to stay an iSheep?

I love this idea....
By retrospooty on 12/20/2012 4:26:57 PM , Rating: 5
A changing pad/mount that you can see while using the Phone's GPS to Navigate - with that sticky rubber material so your phone doesn't slide off.

It would be great if there were a wireless charging standard created so all phones would be compatible ( except of course for Apple, which would have their own separate standard... You gotta be realistic LOL)

RE: I love this idea....
By menting on 12/20/2012 4:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
while I like the idea of wireless charging, I like to have my phone up on the dash like you would a regular GPS when I'm using it as a GPS.

RE: I love this idea....
By Flunk on 12/20/2012 4:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry about that, soon enough that will be illegal anyway.

RE: I love this idea....
By Stuka on 12/20/2012 5:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
That is the main issue here, visibility.

The deal breaker for me is that all these devices, basically, remove the charge cradle from your desk/dash, and require you to carry it attached to the phone at all times. You're carrying around a charging device which does nothing to prolong battery life or reduce weight or increase durability when not inducting.

If someone else wants to pay for this fluff, go right ahead. I'll save my money and wait for version 3.0 which should be no bigger than a standard battery pack today.

RE: I love this idea....
By seamonkey79 on 12/21/2012 11:21:27 AM , Rating: 2
The phones listed above have the Qi tech built in, so they don't need the charging cradle like other phones would.

RE: I love this idea....
By Duraz0rz on 12/20/2012 6:27:24 PM , Rating: 3
It would be great if there were a wireless charging standard created so all phones would be compatible

That's the purpose of the Qi wireless charging standard mentioned in the article...

RE: I love this idea....
By retrospooty on 12/20/2012 6:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I meant universally used. If this takes off, great.

RE: I love this idea....
By Dr of crap on 12/21/2012 8:13:41 AM , Rating: 2
I was going to post - what no iphone - but you got it right!

I can see it now
By Beenthere on 12/20/2012 4:42:08 PM , Rating: 2
But officer I didn't mean to crash and kill people... I was just looking down at the console to see if my cellphone was charging.

RE: I can see it now
By BillyBatson on 12/20/2012 10:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
If that were true who don't more people crash when they look down at the time or the station to change a station and any number of other reasons people look away from the road for a second.

RE: I can see it now
By Dr of crap on 12/21/2012 8:19:33 AM , Rating: 2
If you've paid any attention, that is what has been brought up in distracted driving articles.

The simple act of looking at your clock or changing the radio station, why you HAVE to look to change stations I don't get, is causing distractions.

The mere act of incompentent drivers hasn't been brought up. But we all know there are some how just can't handle driving yet they are out there, causing accidents.

RE: I can see it now
By BillyBatson on 12/21/2012 11:53:08 AM , Rating: 2
There will always be distracted drivers for millions of different reasons and there will never be a time where every driver sits at the wheel and never takes their eyes off the road it's just not going to happen.
Some of us want to see what radio station we are on and i'm one of those people. How about changing the A/C/Heater settings or moving vents around, checking what time it is, even looking down to see if we are in D or L1. How many cars are driven around the world every day and these are some of th common tasks people perform dozens of times on a drive without issue and looking down at a phone for a second isn't going to all of a sudden increase the number of accidents. We aren't talking about actually using the phone or other dumb tasks like eating or putting on makeup we are talking about a glance to see if it's charging. Not a big deal and anyone getting into an accident over it probably would have done so while looking at any of the above. You can't forcefully fix stupid unless its self-driving vehicles.

With this device
By room200 on 12/21/2012 7:09:13 PM , Rating: 2

You put it in your Samsung Galaxy S3, and automatically your phone becomes Qi standard. I've been using it in my car for a could of months. The video below shows what it is (a thin coil encased in plastic with two contact point that fit inside your case where the battery has 2 contact points). they can be bought for as low as 20 bucks.

RE: With this device
By room200 on 12/21/2012 7:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, wrong youtube installation video above.

By Silver2k7 on 12/21/2012 11:01:25 AM , Rating: 3
reading the topic I thought this was about a wireless charger for an electic vehicle :P

Wireless charging
By Richard875yh5 on 12/21/2012 9:31:10 AM , Rating: 2
I thought GM held the patent on this idea. Does anybody know?

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