Hyundai And Kia Preview EV Wireless Charging And Automated Valet Parking Systems

Hyundai and Kia want to make life easier for EV users in the future by developing an electric vehicle wireless charging system, combined with an Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS).

The Korean companies explain their concept technology in an animated video starring Hyundai’s stunning Le Fil Rouge Concept. The reason for bundling the two technologies together is the fact that both parking and charging locations will soon be overcrowded, given the strong EV sales growth seen in recent years.

What Hyundai and Kia’s tech does is direct vehicles autonomously to a vacant wireless charging station and then move fully charged vehicles (also autonomously) away from charging stations, thus allowing other awaiting electric cars to charge.

As soon as charging via magnetic induction is completed, the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) parks the vehicle in a vacant spot. When the driver calls for the vehicle via a smartphone app, it will autonomously return to the location of the driver.

All this is made possible by continuous communication between the electric vehicle, parking facility, charging system, and driver. The parking facility sends the location of empty parking spaces and charging stations to the user, while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicle in real-time.

Hyundai and Kia plan to launch this technology around 2025 when Level 4 autonomous vehicles will also become commonplace. The automakers also project to sell self-driving cars in various smart cities from 2021, before launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.

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  • Jerry Hightower

    They need to come up with some sort of system for apartment dwellers.

    • MarketAndChurch

      This. This is the major thing keeping me from going ev, and why my next suv will most likely be a hybrid.

    • diesel_vdub

      That is likely going to require apartment complexes and condo associations to install EV chargers in their parking spaces. Many businesses have done this for their customers/employees, so no reason an apartment complex could not install them.

  • gbmike25

    What if there are no empty parking spots after chargjng? The car drives around the garage, loses battery power and slots into a new spot, while other cars do the same, owner doesnt see the car for a few days….lol. Could be fun times watching empty cars continuously driving/charging/driving….

    Ok I know that won’t happen but hey…. seriously what if the garage is full?! What happens in busy areas where a person is trying to retrieve their car and theres traffic everywhere? I dunno, all seems too perfect in a very imperfect world…

    • Finkployd

      Idk, In paris most underground parkings have sensors to count vacant spots; I guess they could easily share that info with a smart car

    • I WANT TO KNOW WHO’S GONNA BUILD THE DREAM GARAGE SHOWN IN THE VIDEO.

      • gbmike25

        Exactly!! And how big will that need to be??!!

  • E Gold

    So in addition to enduring the aggravation of autonomous ‘testing’ on public roads, we’ll someday have duel it aht with them for parking in garages? Lovely!
    And what does all this accomplish? So now Stephan Skinnyjeans can play on his phone continuously, from when he walks out of his dwelling and gets dropped off at the door. Ain’t progress great?

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Relax. They’re not parking on your lawn.

      • E Gold

        I’m always relaxed, thank you.
        Indeed, they won’t park on my lawn, but they will surely wreak havoc in the garage I use daily. Surely the 1st place they’ll try this scheme is in the garage where the Pittsburgh Google office is located.

        • Dude

          Thanks for the warning I’ll make sure to send it to Google

          • TRB0T0Y

            Thanks Dude!

          • Dude

            Should I call the president and let him know too?

          • TRB0T0Y

            What warning are you talking about? No idea where you’re coming from Dude.

          • Dude

            The self impending self driving car dystopia of course; foretold in your first two comments

  • Dude

    This is cool but wireless charging is so extremely inefficient that if you have a car that can drive itself, why not make a motorized plug tentacle thing like what tesla was working on. I feel like that would be easier and it wouldn’t require two spaces.

  • I’D RATHER THEY SPEND THEIR RESOURCES FIGURING OUT HOW TO GET THE CAR PICTURED ON THE ROAD.

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