Various plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle makers, as well as other companies, have been investigating wireless charging, self-parking in the Toyota Prius Plug-In makes it even easier!
Currently, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles require a physical connection to recharge the vehicle’s onboard battery packs. Current charging stations have been fairly reliable, and there should be practically zero risk of danger, given the interlocks built into the machine. Still, perhaps this video of a Toyota Prius Plug-In shows how wireless electric vehicle charging could be so much easier…
First, the Toyota Prius Plug-In is equipped with a self-parking feature. In Japan, zero driver interaction is required to park the car, simply tell the car, via touchscreen interface, you want to park in the charging spot, and the car automatically detects the wireless charging pad, backs up, steering and braking on its own, until it is parked precisely over the pad to start charging. This same system, in the US, would require the driver to control the brake, but that may change in the future.
While current electric vehicle charging stations require a manual connection, current wireless charging stations can eliminate that. At the same time, current wireless charging stations and electric vehicles require that you park precisely over the pad for optimal charging. The combination of Toyota Prius Plug-In’s autonomous parking system with wireless charging takes practically all of the guesswork out of it, making plug-in vehicle ownership that much easier.
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