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.