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Chevrolet intros "Active Phone Cooling" system to keep your smartphone from overheating

Four 2016 model vehicles from Chevrolet will feature "Active Phone Cooling" technology, which will keep your smartphone from overheating while it charges wirelessly.

Published onJuly 2, 2015

Active Phone Cooling

If you’ve ever played music or charged your smartphone in your car on a hot summer day, you’d know that it doesn’t take much for your mobile device to heat up quickly. And now that vehicles are starting to come with wireless charging pads built in, that will only add to the overall toastiness of your device. That’s why Chevrolet has created a technology called “Active Phone Cooling”, which is essentially an air conditioner built specifically for your smartphone.

The new system will be implemented on vehicles that come with wireless charging on board, including the 2016 Impala, Volt, Malibu and Cruze. The idea behind the tech is quite simple – your phone sits on a small wireless charging pad underneath a vent that shoots cold air on your phone. It’s simple, and from the sounds of it, quite effective.

Active Phone Cooling will only operate when the driver turns on the HVAC system, so you’ll need to have the A/C on in order for it to cool your smartphone. It should be noted that each one of these vehicles support both PMA and Qi wireless charging standards, so you’ll be able to use the new tech with any smartphone on the market that supports wireless charging.