Two birds, one wireless charger.
Korean automotive conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group (which comprises the namesake brand Hyundai, Kia, as well as luxury marque Genesis) have unveiled a concept system that aims to solve two problems at once. While we’re all familiar with parking woes, the matter is exacerbated when you consider electric cars and the usual limited number of charging ports.
We’re not sure if you’re familiar with this now, but you’ll likely be familiar with it later – it’s incredibly frustrating when you’re in a plug-in hybrid or a full-electric vehicle, and you find a charging bay occupied for far longer than necessary because someone just decided it’d be ok to leave their car there all day, robbing you (and countless others) of the ability to charge up.
Hyundai thinks that they have a solution to this. For starters, they aim to solve the malarky of different charging cables and so on by integrating wireless charging into their ‘concept’ carpark. Then, they’ve automised the parking itself via the ‘autonomous valet parking system’ (or AVPS). This allows owners of autonomous electric Hyundais to command their EV to park itself after having alighted from the vehicle at a convenient point.
After having done that, owners can then command their car to charge – in doing so, the car will communicate with the carpark to locate an available charging bay, followed by the car navigating its way there autonomously. And if the car manages to charge up fully during its stint in the carpark, once the battery’s full, it’ll then be moved to a regular bay, freeing up that charging station for another charge-starved EV.
And of course when you want your car back, you can just summon it via the smartphone app, the same way you made it park & charge itself.
The process if facilitated via constant & continuous communication with the parking structure itself, the vehicle, and the driver. The parking structure in this scenario would have to feed the car (and the car would relay to the app) information like empty parking bays & empty charging stations, and also update the owner of the car’s charge status.
The Hyundai Motor Group intends to launch fully-autonomous vehicles by 2030 across its Hyundai & Kia brands, with commercially-viable Level 4 autonomous technology available to the company by around 2025.