The American search engine company is conducting tests of wireless charging its own driverless cars in California.
Google has found a way to sustain self-driving vehicles. Driverless cars are about to become an incredible futuristic necessity but they would not be beneficial if they are not capable of holding a charge. It seems like the American search engine developer is interested in finding a solution of this problem through resonant magnetic induction – a kind of wireless charging that uses manhole-styled transmitters embedded in pavement for charging up self-driving automobiles.
The documents filed by Google to the Federal Communications Commission have outlined the efforts made with Momentum Dynamics and Hevo Power. These companies were cleared for the installation of experimental chargers at Google’s Mountain View head office in California and in its nearby Castle facility used to test driverless cars.
The idea is that driverless automobiles would use a charging site to charge in few minutes, or move over a series of transmitters as the vehicle moves, getting an almost constant charge.
Wireless charging is a solution to handful of problems for driverless car manufacturers. An efficient technology would allow the search engine company as well as other automakers to equip lighter, smaller batteries than those in existing electric vehicles, cutting down the overall price of cars.
Accessible wireless charging removes the barrier to travel for elderly, disabled people and children. IEEE spectrum reported that February last year, Hevo Power was allowed by FCC to install an experimental charging device at Google head office in Mountain View.
CEO of Momentum Dynamics, Andy Daga, said the highly powered chargers of Momentum are already capable of recharging electric buses in few minutes, enabling them to serve virtually for an entire day. Yet, wireless charging for electric cars remains in its infancy stage.
Plugless Power is offering one-off house charging units to owners of Chevrolet Volts, Cadillac ELRs and Nissan Leafs, but public infrastructure is mystery. The uncertainty has not stopped organizations such as Momentum Dynamics and Nevo from exploring partnerships with organizations that operate electric vehicle fleets now.
One of the prototypes of Hevo is powering electric buses in Los Angeles. Both tech companies refused to confirm their involvement with Google in any manner, and Google has noted only that it is testing various technologies to run its driverless automobiles.
The recharge of all prototype vehicles presently being examined is done through conventional conductive charging cables. Other organizations in industry are also trying to develop and capitalize on such technology for future cars.