Toyota Motor Corp. will begin testing a new wireless battery charging system for hybrids and other electric cars, starting in late February.
The auto giant said Feb. 13 the tests will be done in Aichi Prefecture.
The system charges a vehicle parked over coil using magnetic-resonance technology, making the charging process simpler and more convenient.
Three types of plug-in hybrid vehicles currently in use in Aichi Prefecture will take part in the one-year test.
Toyota said it will test for user satisfaction, ease of use and misalignment rates as well as charging frequency and the use of timer-based charging.
The system is designed to reduce drops in power transmission efficiency caused by misalignment or height differences between the transmitting coil on the ground and the receiving coil under the car.
To enable a driver to park in an optimum charging position, Toyota has developed a parking assist function that helps the driver align the car just right.
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