Volkswagen has developed a robot that, upon request, will be able to independently find and charge electric cars in any parking space.
The prototype created is equipped with cameras, laserscanners and ultrasonic sensors, thanks to which he navigates in space, recognizes obstacles, finds the right vehicle and its charging port. It can be activated using a special application or through the V2X communication system.
After receiving a request, an autonomous robot captures a mobile energy storage, and drives up to the transport with it. Then he opens the cover of the charging socket and connects his trailer to the battery of the electric car, leaving it to work, and meanwhile he can serve other cars. As soon as the charging process is completed, the robot returns, turns off the energy storage device and takes it back to the charging station.
Each individual mobile deviceenergy storage provides fast charging of direct current up to 50 kW. If necessary, the robot can sequentially connect several trailers with batteries to the transport. In large parking lots or underground car parks, you can use several of these robots at once.
According to Volkswagen representatives, the newThe technology allows you to make almost any electric parking with minimal infrastructure changes. Currently, the company is developing several options for the system, and increase its flexibility. However, he does not yet name a possible date for an innovative product to enter the market.
Most likely, the team improves the robot's ability to recognize charging ports of various models of other automakers, as this is a key factor in efficiency.
Since electric cars will dominate the market in the near future, and it is unrealistic to equip each parking space with a charging station, such products are a far-sighted decision.
No less interesting version of the station recently introduced Peugeot. The French automaker has developed a billboard that uses ambient noise to charge an electric car.