Engineers at Hyundai Motor Group in South Korea created a totally automated charging robotic often known as ACR for brief. The ACR, in accordance with the corporate, can work in any setting and in any climate, making electrical automobile charging simpler and safer for drivers.
It took practically a yr for a group of engineers to progress from a computer-generated prototype to a working unit, which has now been examined and evaluated at a purpose-built EV charging station. Hyundai has launched a brief video of the ACR in motion:
As seen within the video, the motive force solely must activate the autonomous parking characteristic. The ACR takes over as soon as the automobile is within the designated parking spot. It communicates with the automobile, on this case the Hyundai Ioniq 6, and opens its charging port earlier than inserting the charging cable into the charging port.
The ACR seems to be monitoring the setting and warns anybody passing by to not method the automobile or the charging cable too carefully. When the charging is completed, the robotic unplugs the cable and the automobile notifies the motive force through their smartphone that the battery has been charged.
Hyundai will showcase the ACR on the 2023 Seoul Mobility Present, which begins subsequent week. This isn’t the primary automated charging answer; Tesla examined a snake-like robotic arm in 2015, the thought was by no means developed past the prototype stage however Elon Musk acknowledged in 2020 that the robotic was nonetheless within the works.
Charging robots could make life simpler for disabled drivers or in multi-car garages or parking heaps with just one charger. Drivers may park their autos and go about their enterprise whereas the ACR charged the entire vehicles one after the other.