Charging smartphones while driving could soon be a simple process using a special wireless mat rather than with cables or adaptors.
Toyota plans to introduce the system for mobile devices in 2013 in its new Avalon sedan, using a charging standard known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).
Chrysler wants to offer a similar option in its Dodge Dart model.
According to one analyst, the feature was likely to become mainstream in the months to come.
The wireless charging option will be a part of Toyota’s 1,950 dollars (1,200 pounds) “technology package”, said to be available from next spring.
To charge a device, a driver will simply have to place it on the mat, though the handset has to have a Qi protocol integrated in it.
Currently, Qi wireless charging is supported by 34 mobile phone models, including the LG Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X.