- Hyundai released a video demonstrating the technology.
- The vehicle can be commanded to drive itself to a charging station when it’s running low on battery.
- Once charged, it will automatically drive to an empty parking spot.
- One can also ‘summon’ the vehicle wherever he/she is.
How much autonomy is too much autonomy? If this is a question that’s giving you a few sleepless nights as you wonder about the robots taking over, well, here’s some fuel to the fire. Hyundai and Kiahave released a video about their idea of a wireless charging system and automated valet parking.
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It’s straight out of science fiction at the moment. The South Korean manufacturers say, in the future, you’ll be able to tell your car to go and get juiced up while you wrap up shopping. This can be done through a mobile app. Upon receiving the command, the car will drive itself to a wireless charging station and get charged through magnetic induction. Once done, it’ll vacate the charging spot for another car and move itself to an empty parking spot in the lot. And once you’re done buying your monthly supply of Nutella, you can simply ask the car to come back to you.
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This, Hyundai and Kia say, is possible because of data sharing between the vehicle, the parking spaces, the wireless charging docks and the user. By 2025, when most cars are expected to be able to drive themselves and communicate with other devices around it (i.e reach Level 4 autonomy), you’ll see this feature being offered on new cars from the manufacturers.
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