2014 Jeep® Cherokee And Toyota Prius Join The Fast Growing Qi Wireless Charging Ecosystem

    2014 Jeep® Cherokee And Toyota Prius Join The Fast Growing Qi Wireless
                              Charging Ecosystem

In-Vehicle Qi Wireless Charging Now Available in Toyota Avalon,Toyota Prius,
has been announced as an available feature in the 2014 Jeep® Cherokee, and in
the Ssangyong Chairman

PR Newswire

PISCATAWAY, N.J., May 1, 2013

PISCATAWAY, N.J., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The 2014 Jeep[®] Cherokee and
Toyota Prius will offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging, joining a growing
list of automobiles equipped with the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi
wireless charging standard.

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The Jeep Cherokee will offer a factory installed Qi wireless charging pad
later this year. The optional feature -- located in the center console --
featuring technology developed by Leggett & Platt, is part of the optional
Uconnect 8.4 package. To charge a Qi-compatible device, such as the Samsung
Galaxy S4, HTC Droid DNA, or Nokia Lumia 920, customers simply place it in the
middle console to power up.

The Toyota Prius is available with a specially designed console tray designed
by Japanese auto component manufacturer Denso that fits the exact
specifications of the Prius. The dealer-installed charger uses jointly
developed technology from PLDS and ConvenientPower that lets consumers charge
any smartphone supporting the Qi standard by simply placing the phone on the
charger.

"The Qi ecosystem now includes over 180 products and Qi is the only wireless
power solution directly integrated into flagship smartphones and automobiles,"
said Stefan Graf, Director of Marketing & New Technologies of PLDS, a WPC
member company. "As the number of Qi-enabled devices continues to grow,
consumers want to be able to charge their phones wirelessly everywhere they
go, especially in their automobile. Within the next year, we are going to see
many more automobiles throughout the US, Asia Pacific, and Europe with really
exciting Qi wireless charging capabilities."

Qi is backed by more than 130 leading companies of the Wireless Power
Consortium (WPC) like Blackberry, ConvenientPower, Energizer, HTC, LG,
Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sony, Texas
Instruments, Toshiba, and Verizon Wireless.

Qi is the global standard for wireless power and cuts the last remaining cord
in consumer electronics - the charging cord. With Qi, any Qi-enabled device
can be charged by placing them on – or near – any Qi-enabled surface or
charger, regardless of brand or manufacturer.

"Automobile integration is a critical aspect of a wireless charging
ecosystem," said Michael Morgan of ABI Research. "Now that Qi is being offered
as an out of the box feature on some of the newest smartphones, automobile
companies see an expanding installed base of users and are very interested in
leveraging that with increased Qi integration into their new car models. Qi
has made some impressive gains in the automotive space this year."

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius join the rapidly expanding Qi
ecosystem of mobile devices, charging accessories, charging locations, and
automobiles, making it possible for consumers to charge their devices wherever
they go. The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited, which includes integrated Qi wireless
charging in the center console, is already in production and for sale today.
Recently, Korean automaker Ssangyong announced that the WPC's Qi technology
will be in the interior console of its Chairman model and a key feature in all
Ssangyong's future vehicles.

In addition to factory and dealer installed options, many aftermarket
automotive Qi products are on sale today, including the Nokia NFC Qi Wireless
Charging Car Holder and the Audiovox Aftermarket Qi Charger designed by PLDS.

Qi is an open, fully flexible standard capable of evolving its technology and
features to offer the best user experience while maintaining compatibility
with all products that have the Qi logo. It offers the widest range of
features to optimize user convenience and product choices: support for both
inductive and resonant charging, spatial freedom, and intelligent power
management.

For more information, visit: www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com

About Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium
Established in December 2008, the Wireless Power Consortium's mission is to
establish Qi as the global standard for wirelessly charging electronic
products. The more than 130 members of WPC include industry leaders in mobile
phones, consumer electronics, batteries, semiconductors, components, wireless
power technology and infrastructure such as wireless operators, furniture and
automotive parts companies. Qi products are available in the United States,
Asia Pacific, and Europe.

SOURCE Qi and the Wireless Power Consortium

Website: http://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com
Contact: Josh Schimel, 202-857-2208, josh.schimel@fleishman.com, or Taylor
Helfer, 202-828-8818, taylor.helfer@fleishman.com
 
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