Robots will charge Volkswagen EVs so you don't have to

From Engadget - July 7, 2017

One project the two companies will be working on involves the development of a robot that can connect an electric vehicle to a charging station, so that the rider never has to leave the car. "In future, robots will support humans in many routine tasks. And everyday life in future will be inconceivable without autonomous driving. We will work together on innovative concepts in order to shape this future," said Kuka CEO Till Reuter.

While an interesting and useful concept, they are not the first to begin working on it. In 2015, Tesla released a video of its charging robot prototype that can locate a car's charging port and plug itself in. And other groups are going a different route, working on developing more powerful wireless chargers that can be used for parked electric cars and potentially even while they are on the go.


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