Ford tests robotic charging station to help disabled drivers

2022-10-26 09:47:00 By : Mr. Harry Xu

Ford has developed a prototype robotic charging station designed to help disabled drivers, people with reduced mobility or the elderly.With this technology, drivers will be able to manage the system through their mobile phone and stay in their car while it is charging or even leave the car while the robot does its job.According to Birger Fricke, an engineer at Ford of Europe's Research and Innovation Center, the robotic charging station could be an added convenience for some people, but "absolutely essential for others."Ford is testing the robotic charging station as part of a research project to develop hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles and fully automatic charging for autonomous vehicles.Following initial phases in the lab, Ford researchers are now putting the robotic charging station to the test in real-life situations.In the future, this station, custom-made by the University of Dortmund (Germany), could be installed in parking spaces for the disabled, in car parks or in private homes, or used to recharge company fleets quickly and efficiently. .In addition, this system could be extended to all loading processes, with little or no driver involvement.This would be limited to sending the vehicle to the charging station, and the infrastructure would ensure that it reached its destination and returned autonomously.This research project complements Ford's commitment to electrification.Ford's fast-growing charging network provides customers with access to a network of more than 300,000 chargers across Europe.Recently, Ford joined 27 companies in a petition to ensure that all new cars and vans in Europe are zero emission from 2035 and called for targets to be set to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Europe to maintain the growth rate of electric vehicles.The company believes that a unified approach encompassing governments, European Union institutions, the entire automotive industry, energy providers, local authorities and consumers is necessary to accelerate the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure, “easily accessible and efficient at home, in the workplace and in public places”.Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked with *Save my name, email and website in this browser for the next time I comment.The digital newspaper El Periódico de la Energía is a web page with specialized information on the energy sector.The journalists José Antonio Roca Suárez-Inclán and Ramón Roca Salamero have launched this initiative that aims to become the benchmark website for the sector in Spain.Enter the search words and press Enter.