Ford has started testing a charging station for electric vehicles equipped with a robotic manipulator that itself connects the cable to the breakup of the machine. The invention will be useful to people with disabilities.
The robotic charge station was built by the engineers of the University of Dorthmund, and after a successful laboratory test, Ford began testing the system in practice. On approaching the charger, the driver activates it by means of a mobile application, and the rest takes over the robot. The electric vehicle opens the port lid, and a manipulator is deployed from the station, which with the help of the camera detects the port on the car, connects the cable to it, and then starts the charging process.
The electric vehicle owner can control the entire process on his phone by staying in the car salon or leaving it. When the battery is fully charged, the manipulator shuts off the cable and hides behind the station's lid with it. Ford will join forces with Ionity's charging infrastructure developer, who has decided to go further and start building automated parking spaces where the motorists could turn on their electric vehicles and receive them fully charged at some point in time. Robotized charges will also be useful for transport companies.