Starting next year, Chevy cars will feature ‘Active Phone Cooling’ system for smartphones, a small device that will keep the phone cool as it charges. The new feature may sound insignificant compared to other options that car manufacturers promise, but Chevy’s designer, Dan Lascu, thinks innovation can be found in simple things, too.
As stated previously, the 2016 models from Chevrolet, Malibu, Volt, Cruze and Impala have been provided with a wireless charging compartment for smartphones. The option has been well-received by most drivers, but there was still a question that remained unanswered: how will smartphone cope with the heat emitted by the charging pad of the compartment.
The problem was finally solved on Thursday, when the car manufacturer disclosed that the 2016 models of vehicles will also be provided with the ‘Active Phone Cooling’ system, which guarantees to keep the smart devices cool while they are wirelessly charging.
Based on the description they have released, the cooling gadget will be placed under the hood and it will be connected to the charging compartment. The system will send flows of cold air from time to time, thus cooling down the phone.
Although simple, the idea could make an impact on customers, especially since summers in North America have become increasingly hotter. In addition, the problem of the heating smartphones had to be solved as analysts were worried that the wireless charging system could overheat and damage phones.
Previous tests have shown that smartphones tend to reach alarmingly high temperatures when charged in the newly added wireless compartment.
The ‘Active Phone Cooling’ system may also be regarded as a solution to a malfunctioning, namely the overheating that the wireless charging produces. The company, however, has chosen to present it as an innovation, so it is really up to the customer to decide.
Drivers will not be able to constantly cool down the compartment as the system will only function when the HVAC mode, that is, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, is turned on.
The company did not specify whether the new option will come with an additional price to the total cost of the vehicle, but more details are expected in the following period.
In other news, Chevrolet will also pack its 2016 models with new theft notification alarm. For more information read here.
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