Volkswagen has envisioned a fleet of autonomous robots that will scurry around car parks and charge up electric vehicles.
In a concept video produced by the company, the ‘bots have friendly-looking facing and are able to navigate independently to where the car is parked. They can open the charging socket flap and start recharging a car all without the need to interact with a person.
Each robot would be packed with laser and ultrasonic scanners which would enable it to move freely around obstacles.
‘The mobile charging robot will spark a revolution when it comes to charging in different parking facilities, such as multistorey car parks, parking spaces and underground car parks because we bring the charging infrastructure to the car and not the other way around,’ said Mark Möller, head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components in a press release.
‘With this, we are making almost every car park electric, without any complex individual infrastructural measures’
‘It’s a visionary prototype, which can be made into reality quite quickly, if the general conditions are right.’
Each robot would haul 25kWh worth of power around in battery packs and plug them into the cars. When the car was fully charged, the robots would return, collect the battery and take it back to a base station.
‘Even the well-known problem of a charging station being blocked by another vehicle will no longer exist with our concept,’ Möller continued.
‘You simply choose any parking space as usual. You can leave the rest to our electronic helper.’