Hyundai and Kia recently pitched an idea through a concept video that can possibly make owning an electric car in the future much easier. The new Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), as the company suggests, combines two bits of futuristic technology: autonomous driving and wireless charging.
The new tech can be used at parking locations as well as charging stations and will be convenient for drivers who are faced with overcrowding. At charging stations, the smart system relocates fully charged vehicles and allow other awaiting electric vehicles to charge.
The system which can be controlled with the help of a smartphone can be commanded to cruise to a vacant wireless charging station automatically.
The system which can be controlled with the help of a smartphone can be commanded to cruise to a vacant wireless charging station automatically. When the vehicle is fully charged, it will then relocate itself to vacant parking spaces using the AVPS. The car will also return to the driver when it is summoned via the app.
Hyundai and Kia suggest that the overall process is performed with the help of 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 while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicle in real time.
The companies are currently en route to launch a level 4 autonomous driving system by the year 2025, post which they are also considering commercialising the AVPS. Hyundai and Kia also plan to commercialise autonomous vehicles in various smart cities onwards of 2021 with a goal of commencing complete operations by 2030.
Last year, Hyundai and Kia joined hands to introduce solar charging in many of its new cars. The South Korean auto giants stated that the solar panels in selected upcoming models of their vehicles will be applied to the roofs and will supplement the existing power sources.
The statement suggests that the first of its application will be seen on the hybrid models. Under full potential, Hyundai and Kia claim that the solar panels are capable of adding up to 60 percent of charge to the car’s battery over the course of a day.