2013 Toyota Avalon–the most expensive Nokia Lumia 920 accessory yet
The Nokia Lumia 920 fatboy pillow and JBL Power-up speaker are pretty expensive, but they hold no candle to the 2013 Toyota Avalon, which like those accessories come with a Qi-compatible wireless charger built-in.
While the promotional picture predictable shows an iPhone (which of course does not have wireless charging) the press release for the $42,195 car (after the break) clearly states â€œQi wireless charging is now integrated in 34 mobile phone models, including recent launches of the LG Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X.â€
Now they just need to offer the house with wireless charging built into all the furniture to complete the collection.
See the full press release after the break.
TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 â€“ The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited will be the first vehicle available in the world that offers in-console Qi wireless charging for Qiâ€“enabled mobile phones and devices as part of a Technology Package, available for both the gasoline and hybrid version of the new Avalon Limited, which also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High beams and a Pre-Collision System.
Qi is the global standard for wireless power and charging. With Qi, devices can be 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.
The Avalonâ€™s wireless charging pad is integrated into the ebinÂ® lid situated in vehicleâ€™s center console. The system can be enabled by a switch beneath the lid, and charging is as simple as placing the phone upon the lidâ€™s high-friction surface.
Supplied by DENSO, the Avalonâ€™s wireless charging system relies on technology developed by ConvenientPower and Philips Lite-on Digital Solution (PLDS), and it will elevate the high technology experience of the new Avalon sedan.
â€œPioneering the ability to charge with no wires or connectors by simply putting devices in the car console is an intuitive innovation which reflects Toyotaâ€™s continuing commitment to improve the consumer experience,â€ said Randy Stephens, chief engineer of Toyota Avalon. â€œWe 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 Intellitouchâ„¢ controls.â€
Qi wireless charging is now integrated in 34 mobile phone models, 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.
The new dramatically-styled 2013 Avalon arrived in showrooms the beginning of December. This new Toyota flagship sedan features improved dynamics, an athletic exterior design, and a modern yet elegant interior that surrounds occupants with premium materials and a high level of craftsmanship. This latest Avalon is also the first available with Toyotaâ€™s Hybrid Synergy Drive that offers a combined EPA-rating of 40 mpg.