With electronic devices becoming a bigger and bigger part of today’s driving experience, the 2013 Toyota Avalon will launch as the first vehicle in the world with Qi wireless charging technology integrated directly into the interior console. According to Salem Toyota Dealer, Avalon engineers and designers worked together to create an “ebin,” located at the bottom of the center stack, just below the climate controls.
Avalon owners can then simply place one of the markets many Qi-enabled electronic devices in the ebin, where it will remain in place thanks to a special high-friction surface, flip a switch located beneath the charging area’s lid, and let the electrons flow. Dublin Toyota Dealer explained the system is compatible with some 34 different models of mobile phone, including the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, and HTC Windows Phone 8X, as well as a growing number of gaming controllers, Blu-Ray recorders, smartphone speakers, alarm clocks and other digital gadgetry.
Available as part of the Technology Package offered on both the Avalon and Avalon hybrid, the ebin feature is bundled with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System, which optimizes braking power and seatbelt tension when a potential front-end collision is detected.
“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,” said Randy Stephens, chief engineer of Toyota Avalon. “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.”