Last week, Apple gave a preview of a new gadget that we think will revolutionise the automobile industry.

The Hybrid iCharge is a joint effort by Apple and Toyota to bring a stable way of recharging new energy efficient autos with the ease of playing back your music.

Using a special version of the iPod dock connector, positioned on the dashboard of the new Hybrid Camry, users will be able top up their car’s charge using the remaining power of their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Interestingly, the recharge process won’t interrupt your music playback making it just that much easier to fuel up your car.

"This marks a revolutionary step for the automobile industry," Apple has been quoted. "Today we can move forward with a stable and easy to use portable power supply."


We went hands-on last week with this exciting new concept:

The GadgetGuy team was given a Hybrid Camry, which had an empty tank, and a 3GS iPhone. All we had to do was plug the iPhone into the dash cradle and the car picked up on the battery source. The Camry’s multi-function LCD screen displayed the words "iCharge connected", and almost instantly, (there was a slight lag), our car crept forward.