A lot of us have been paying attention to the progress that autonomous car makers have been making. And that’s only fair, as it is kind of bound that they will take over the future of transportation. One of the most interesting things about them, though, is that despite the fact that they aren’t yet out for general use, the companies behind them are already working on improvements. According to some leaked FCC documents, Google to have wireless charging on autonomous cars.
According to the leaked Federal Communications Commission documents, Google parent company, Alphabet wants to cut off the wired charging system of their autonomous cars, granting them wireless charging capabilities.
Two companies have set up their wireless charging stations at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, despite refusing to comment on whether the partnership was real or not. However, according to the documents, the FCC granted them permission to set up there.
The two alleged Google partners consist of Philadelphia based Momentum Dynamics and New York based Hevo Power. The former finished setting up their charging stations in late July, while the latter finished sometime last February.
Hevo Power’s prototype was allegedly called ‘Alpha’, while Momentum Dynamics didn’t give a name for their version yet.
One of the most interesting facts about the findings is that Momentum Dynamics appears to have set up at the same address as Google secret X division, where the autonomous cars are being built. Their prototype is already being tested both in Mountain View and in Atwater’s Castle Commerce Center, a former United States Air Force base.
Another very interesting thing is how the wireless charging system is described to work – a transmitter set in the ground will send up energy to a receiver situated underneath the car via a process called resonant magnetic induction principle.
According to the documents, Hevo’s prototype can send 1.5 kilowatts of electricity from the transmitter to the receiver on the car. Momentum Dynamics, on the other hand, boast to be able to get their wireless transmitters to produce ratings up to 200 kilowatts.
This is definitely a huge step in the right direction for implementing a road system that works solely for autonomous cars, and Google aren’t actually the first to do it. The Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Bolt have already been experimenting with wireless charging technology, and might be done even sooner.
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