Ford is testing an automated charging station for the elderly or disabled

While the robotic charging station system may seem convenient to some, it can literally make life easier for many others, starting with all those with limited mobility.

To help these populations, Ford therefore developed a prototype robotic charging station that drivers activate using an app on their smartphone. From now on, all the operations necessary for recharging are assigned to the robot, while the driver does not need to get out of the car. As soon as the terminal is activated, the cover slides off and releases the charging arm, which unfolds to the car socket, controlled by a miniature camera. At the end of the recharge, the arm folds back into the body.

Ford is currently testing this robotic charging station as part of a larger research project to develop hands-free charging solutions for electric vehicles and fully automated autonomous vehicle charging solutions.

After all, this robotic charging station, custom-made in Germany in collaboration with the University of Dortmund, can be installed in parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

Ford already demonstrated at the IAA Mobility show in Munich last year automated parking service can park his car in the parking lot, recharge it or even wash it, all without the slightest human intervention. Please note that Ford is not the only manufacturer working on this type of fully automatic solution. This also applies to Volkswagen which has already presented, for its part, mobile charging robots that can move from one parking space to another.

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