Volkswagen unveils concept for robot that autonomously finds and charges electric cars on command
Volkswagen unveils concept for robot looking for autonomously parked electric vehicles that need to be charged
- The Volkswagen robot would search parking garages or plots looking for electric cars
- The bot can be called with an app and auto-charge cars
- It would use a combination of cameras, lasers and other sensors to navigate
Volkswagen wants to change the way charging stations for electric vehicles work by having them come to you.
In a concept unveiled last week, Volkswagen unveiled its idea for an autonomous robot that drives around parking lots or garages in search of uncharged electric vehicles.
With the help of a battery supply on board, which is called the ‘battery truck’, it charges these vehicles and then searches for a new car to charge.
A robot concept unveiled by Volkswagen would automatically search and recharge electric vehicles that are parked in a garage or a lot
The bots would use different sensors for navigation and could be called up by motorists via an app
Those larger batteries could contain approximately 25 kWh and could fill an electric vehicle battery with a speed of approximately 50 kW.
To find his way in garages or parking lots, the bot would apparently use a combination of cameras, sensors and lasers and could be called by a driver using an app.
‘The combination of these systems not only enables the robot to perform the loading process completely autonomously, but also to move around freely in the parking space, to recognize potential obstacles and to respond to them.
Ideally, Volkswagen says that some of the machines would work in one garage or on a plot, which would allow them to cover a lot of land.
Although the robots do not currently exist, Volkswagen says that they can flourish quickly with the right means.
“It’s a visionary prototype that can be realized fairly quickly if the terms and conditions are right,” said Mark Möller, head of development at Volkswagen Group Components, in a statement
A recently revealed Volkswagen electric station wagon, the ID Space Vizzion, pictured above, comes with a 275 hp engine and has a range of about 300 km on a single battery charge
The bots would not only make charging electric vehicles easier, according to Volkswagen, it could help solve one of the biggest obstacles for electric vehicles anywhere – lack of infrastructure.
Despite an increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road, charging stations are not always immediately available for many motorists.
A major advantage of Volkswagen’s theoretical robot fleet would be the possibility to refrain from building stationary charging stations.