Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Google Exploring Wireless Charging For Its Driverless Car
It turns out Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google is in the process of exploring wireless charging for its self-driving car. That could be another major twist in the world of fully autonomous cars and a reason rivals Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) may lose sleep in the interim. It is said that Google has already filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the wireless charging test for its driverless cars and has also contacted certain companies that specialize in the technology.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Google apparently believes there is still room to make its self-driving car unique. While the company has been deliberately quiet about it, wireless charging could set Google’s autonomous car apart from the crowd. It is a case of replenishing your car energy over the air without having to handle plugs or chargers or having to drive to a specific location to recharge the car. Tesla, which is also pushing hard into autonomous driving, still requires you to drive to specific locations to reenergize your Model S or Model X SUV. The recharging process of Model S or X takes several minutes, which means you have to wait even if you are on an urgent mission.
Road-based charging system
In Google’s case, the wireless charging system being explored is one where chargers are embedded in the road. That means that sampling driving along the road or driveway overlaid with chargers will get your car recharged without you having to make a stop and replenish the energy. It seems like a complex technology, but it is reportedly already being used elsewhere in South Korea. Some have also pointed out that it’s the same technology currently in use in recharging phones wirelessly.
Wireless charging partners
Although the details aren’t clear, it is believed that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Google has contacted Momentum Dynamics and Hevo Power, experts in wireless charging, to help implement wireless charging in its driverless cars.
If indeed Google is seriously considering wireless charging for its driverless charge, it could be the newest challenge for rivals to struggle to match.
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