Wireless charging of smartphones could result in them getting over heated. Overheating which could prove detrimental to the phone’s battery life and slow down its processing speeds. What can be termed as industry first technology, Chevrolet plans Active Phone Cooling system – uses an air vent to send cool air to the charging bin while the phone is being recharged.
Engineers at Chevrolet have observed that smartphone overheating in car cabin results in either suspended charging or phone shutting off completely which is why they have come up with this new system. Activated only when HVAC system is turned on, the air vent is connected directly to the cars air conditioning and ventilation system with cool air being directed to the smartphone charging bin.
Several car cabin factors lead to overheating of smartphones. It could be soaring outside temperatures having an adverse effect on in-cabin overheating while strain on device data and graphic processors also cause overheating of smartphones kept on charge.
Chevrolet has plans on introducing the new Active Phone Cooling on a host of upcoming models which could include the 2016 Cruze, Impala, Malibu and Volt. This new Chevrolet Active Phone Cooling system is not offered by any other auto manufacturer as on date.
While this is an innovative new feature, it is not likely to be put to use each time one puts a smartphone for charging but could be useful when using the phone to navigate or streaming music or charging wirelessly while on a long distance trip.
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