Kia and Hyundai have unveiled a video featuring the concept of an electric vehicle wireless charging system, with a new Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS).
The system offers a solution to overcrowded parking and demand for charging points which could result from increasing uptake of EVs. The concept relocates fully charged vehicles from charging stations and enables other waiting electric vehicles to charge.
After a command issued from a smartphone, the vehicle will automatically cruise to a vacant wireless charging station. When the vehicle is fully charged, it will relocate to another vacant parking space using the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), enabling other vehicles to charge at the spot. When the driver calls for the vehicle, it will then autonomously return to the location of the driver.
The overall process is performed by continuous communication between EV, parking facility, charging system and driver. The parking facility sends location of empty parking spaces and charging stations, while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicle in real time.
Kia and Hyundai are considering commercializing the technology upon the launch of a Level 4 autonomous vehicle around 2025. Kia and Hyundai also plan to commercialize autonomous vehicles in various smart cities from 2021, with a goal of launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.
You can watch a video of the system here.