ConvenientPower and PLDS have announced the launch of wireless charging technology into the automotive market as the Toyota 2013 Avalon Limited debuts in the United States.
The Toyota Avalon Limited will be the first car available in the world that offers in-console Qi wireless charging for Qi – enabled mobile phones and devices as part of a Technology Package.
Qi is the global standard for wireless power and charging. With Qi, devices are 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, making charging simple and convenient.
Qi wireless charging is currently available in 32 mobile phones worldwide – Qi integrated, Qi ready, including recent launches of the LG Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X. 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.
“Pioneering the ability to charge with no wires, no connectors by simply dropping devices in the car console is a simplicity which reflects Toyota’s continuing innovation 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,” said Randy Stephens, Chief Engineer of Avalon.
Part of Avalon Limited’s Technology Package and integrated by DENSO, the wireless charging technology by ConvenientPower and PLDS marks a new milestone in advancing the technology beyond consumer electronics into new infrastructure such as cars in the market.
“Wireless battery charging is more than just replacing the power supply. As wireless charging is integrated into more and more devices, a new ecosystem of compatible and connector-free charging areas become compelling for a uniquely seamless user experience in infotainment. Cars are a new and progressive dimension in such wireless ecosystems,” said Camille Tang, President, ConvenientPower. “We are excited with the accelerated rollout of wireless charging technology through our automotive sector partnership with PLDS.”
PLDS with their broad and long-lasting experience in the automotive business have co-worked with ConvenientPower to implement the latest and most reliable wireless charging technology into the automotive environment.
“We have succeeded in bringing wireless charging technology up to automotive speed,” said Stefan Graf, Director Marketing & New Technology at PLDS. “After having invested much effort in order to develop a module that fulfills the automotive specifications such as EMC, temperature, and stress tests we are proud to contribute to the first wireless charging in-line product on the market.”