A Robot Charging Station Is Being Tested by Ford to Assist Drivers With Disabilities

This robotic charging station is currently in the testing stage and is viewed as part of a larger research project that aims to develop hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles and fully automatic charging solutions for autonomous vehicles which is based on developing hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles.

It has been reported that the American automaker Ford has designed a product that is intended to make it easier for disabled or aging drivers to get their cars re-fueled or to charge electric cars.

The OEM developed a prototype of a robot charging station which can be easily operated from inside the electric vehicle, using a smartphone, so that the driver can charge the vehicle without getting out of the vehicle.

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While the car is charging, the drivers can stay in their cars or they can completely rely on the robot to handle all the work for them while they stay inside.

Drivers with disabilities have usually placed a strong emphasis on how easy it is to charge their vehicles.

As of now, the robotic charging station is in the testing phase and is a part of a research study that focuses on developing hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles and fully automatic charging solutions for autonomous vehicles which is currently in the process of being developed.

Having passed the initial lab testing, the robot charging station is now moved into the real world to be tested in real-life situations.

What is the process of how it works?

Activating the station will cause the lid of the station to slide open and the charging arm will extend towards the inlet using a tiny camera to assist in extending the arm.

Using the FordPass app, the driver is able to monitor the status of his or her vehicle’s charge, and once the vehicle gets charged again, the arm retracts into its original position.

Eventually, Ford plans to install a robot charging station in Germany, which is the result of a custom-made design from Dortmund University, in parking spaces for disabled people, in car parks, or at private homes. Furthermore, this could be extended to using fast charging of fleets of company vehicles that are part of the company.

Later on, it is planned that the process will become fully automated, which will require the driver to control the system and to build and maintain the infrastructure that ensures it is capable of reaching and returning from its destination independently.

The robot charging system, which was the subject of this research and trial, is expected to be improvised upon further by the charging network provider Ionity, which will be making further modifications to the robot charging system.

It has also been demonstrated last year at the IAA in Munich, Germany, that the company is researching robotic charging solutions in conjunction with Automated Valet Parking, which was part of the company’s last year’s exhibition.

There are over 300,000 chargers that are part of the Ford Blue Oval Charging Network throughout Europe, enabling customers to recharge their electric vehicles with ease.

With Ford Charge Assist, drivers will be able to find charging stations and pay for charging via a touchscreen on Ford’s Sync 4 entertainment system and connectivity system, which serves as an interactive dashboard for the vehicle’s charging system.

With Ford Pro Charging, commercial vehicle owners can take advantage of a variety of charging solutions, including equipment, ongoing maintenance, and management software, tailored to their specific needs.

The American car giant recently signed a petition that called for all new cars and vans in Europe to be zero-emissions by 2035, and urged Europe to increase the efficiency with which electric vehicles are charged in order to keep up with the rapid growth of electric vehicle usage.

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