Hyundai and Kia have released a video featuring a proposed system that would relocate fully charged EVs from charging stations and allow waiting vehicles to charge.
Here’s how the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) works: the driver tells the vehicle to charge using a smartphone app, and the vehicle automatically cruises to a vacant wireless charging station. When the vehicle is fully charged, it relocates to another vacant parking space, allowing other vehicles to use the charging spot. When the driver calls for the vehicle, it autonomously returns to the driver’s location.
The process is enabled by continuous communication among the vehicle, parking facility, charging system and driver. The parking facility broadcasts the locations of empty parking spaces and charging stations, while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicles in real time.
Hyundai and Kia envision commercializing the AVPS technology with the launch of level 4 autonomous vehicles around 2025. The automakers hope to begin commercializing autonomous vehicles in selected cities in 2021, with a long-term goal of launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.