Charging Robot Will Autonomously Navigate To Your EV And Refuel It!

Anil Singh - Dec 27, 2019


Charging Robot Will Autonomously Navigate To Your EV And Refuel It!

Hunting for a dedicated parking space for your EV doesn’t seem to be an easy task of some sort, but it's solvable thanks to this robot.

Electric vehicles are not only as powerful as gasoline-enabled cars but they’re a lot more environment-friendly than those ones, so the number of people getting excited with them has witnessed a soar. However, many EV drivers found out a disadvantage of their transportation that makes EVs less inconvenient – it is battery charging. For instance, hunting for a dedicated parking space doesn’t seem to be an easy task of some sort.

Vw Robot Butler
Hunting for a dedicated parking space doesn’t seem to be an easy task of some sort.

Volkswagen now comes up with an idea to address this issue. The German automaker is reportedly working on a charging robot prototype that would arrive at your parking garage and approach your car to refuel it. If successful, this robot will abolish your concern when finding a charging spot for your EV in the parking lot.

In particular, the robot is tasked with delivering 50kW of combined power from the “battery wagon” at a station to your vehicle thanks to the help of a smart grid or an app. Although most EVs won’t be fully recharged, drivers will have enough power for a considerable ride.

Vw Group Charging Robot
Of course, there'll be a base station for these robots.

So, how to make a robot like this? To fulfill this mission, this autonomous helper will sport a number of ultrasonic sensors, laser scanners, and cameras to detect the right coordinator of the EV and its charging port. In fact, the likes of such a machine could perform similar tasks but in a single garage, rather than a parking lot.

Volkswagen isn’t the first one testing a charging robot for EVs. Take Tesla for a telling example, the company also has the same vision when it comes to helping drivers with charging robots. Volkswagen, in the meantime, claimed that a launch date for this charging robot hadn’t been decided yet due to some technological factors.

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