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In 2015, Tesla boss Elon Musk spoke for the first time in an interview with Stephen Colbert about a robot snake for an automated charging process for the various Tesla models. Elon Musk has now confirmed via Twitter that he has not discarded the project, but rather still wants to bring the robot to market readiness.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2020
Robot snake fuels Tesla
A video published in 2015 shows how a robot arm independently finds its way to the charging device of the electric car. At the time, this process took around 30 seconds, but it was a prototype.
Since charging a Tesla by hand is not a major challenge, the developers will likely have to significantly reduce the time window of 30 seconds in order to be able to offer Tesla owners added value in conformity.
According to a Twitter message from Elon Musk, the Tesla models will soon be able to drive independently from coast to coast. In the next full self-driving update for Tesla beta testers, this project is to be tested, with the charging robot being an integral part.
* Hypothetically * will this new FSD update be able to drive / summon across states (given it’s all connected & not blocked by any borders)?
– Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) October 8, 2020
Charging robots – an important part of autonomous driving
Tesla has now recognized how important a functioning charging infrastructure is in order to be able to implement the vision of autonomous driving, as Teslarati writes.
However, Tesla is not the only automobile company that is working on an automatic charging option. As futurezone.at reported at the end of 2019, Volkswagen should also push the development of a charging robot.
VW’s vision: The charging robots should find their way to the next electric car independently and charge them in underground garages or multi-storey car parks within a short time. Even the VW robot has not yet reached the market, “[kann] but can quickly become a reality [
]if the framework conditions are right, “as development manager Mark Möller says.
In Germany, too, people are now convinced that a switch to the so promising electric mobility can only succeed if the necessary charging infrastructure is expanded as quickly as possible. However, a legal framework still has to be created by politicians.
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