An overheating smartphone may provide a small source of warmth during the winter months, but the rest of the year, it’s little more than a nuisance. A hot phone burns up battery life, processes data more slowly, and, worst of all, can deteriorate the device’s lithium ion batteries over time.
To combat the problem, Chevrolet has developed an industry-first solution: Active Phone Cooling. The feature is basically just an air conditioning vent that blows cool air onto your smartphone when it’s placed in the wireless charging dock available in some Chevy vehicles. It’s as convenient as it is simple.
“Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” said Chevy Impala engineer Dan Lascu. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.”
Chevrolet Active Phone Cooling can be found in 2016 Chevy Impalas, Malibus, Cruzes, and Volts equipped with optional wireless charging.
Overheating can be caused by heavy usage, the charging process, or high temperatures. Chevy advises people to avoid leaving their phone sitting in a hot car—of course, what kind of crazy person doesn’t already keep their phone on them at all times?