Chevrolet Literally Makes Your Smartphone Cool
The smartphone is such an integral part of the driving experience now. Most of us rely on it for our music, navigation and communications behind the wheel. When it goes dead, we feel lost. Just like with mammals, a car’s interior is a deadly place to be during the summer months for your smartphone. Chevrolet is working on that problem with its new Active Phone Cooling in several cars, including the 2016 Impala and Malibu equipped with available wireless charging. RELATED: See more photos of the first car with A/C
OK, so the name isn’t cool. Apparently Chevy was in a rush to get it to market during the summer, so the marketing folks just settled. But what it does is cool in its simplicity.
The engineers at Chevy were realizing during all of their extreme climate testing that their phones were dying. In an effort to keep playing Candy Crush on even the hottest days, they needed to devise a solution and they found it: air vents.
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The air vents are connected to the car’s air conditioning system. It lowers the smartphone’s temperature while it’s sitting in the charging bin. The system works when the A/C is turned on.
I’m no automotive engineer (thank God) but here’s a free suggestion Chevy. Figure out a way to set it up so you can cool the phone even when the AC isn’t on for the driver. You’re going to need a phone mode dial, especially if you add this feature to convertibles. Your phone can still cook when the top is down.
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As Chevy points out, your phone’s working harder than ever when it’s inside your car. This seems like a good step to stop it from overheating because there’s nothing worse than your phone having heat stroke right in the middle of your Bananarama playlist.
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