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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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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.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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