Lets say you are crusing down the highway in your electric cars when you notice the battery running low and you are placed so desolate it makes Badlands look good. The day may come when you migh just be able to summon a drone to juice up your battery. Atleast the idea behind a new patent obtained this month by Amazon. In its application, engineers from the retail giants sketched the idea of creating robotics recharging vehicles that would maneuver their way to the persons’ electric car and give them a charge.
Whether that means that Amazon might someday add electric vehicles to an expanding online retail catalog that includes, books, groceries, computers cloud storage, entertainment and other goods isn’t known. The company declined to comment Tuesday. But Amazon is known for pursuing strategies and technologies that it thinks its customer might want or need in future.
The patent comes as the nation is increasingly prepping for autonomous vehicles and environmental advocates are pushing for more infrastructure to support electric vehicles. Both developments suggest a future in which people get where they need to go in self-driving electric vehicles and self-driving electric vehicles get them with goods and merchandise. The Sierra Club says in reports that even big investors owned utilities have shown a growing interest in funding the infrastructure for electric vehicles, areas in California. The Non-profit organization says three utilities, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric have proposed spending a total of $1 billion to install 10,000 new charging stations in California, where about half of all-electric cars are sold.
Virginia has announced that commonwealth plans to use 14$million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen to build a network of charging stations, the associated press report. In report 2016, the Obama administration put up $4.5 billion in Energy Department loan guarantees to build charging network around the country. The administration recognized that although electric carmakers have made enormous strides in battery technology that allows people to go a long distance without a charge, many people are still reluctant to invites in electric cars because of ” range anxiety”.
Amazon patent which was flagged by Greentech media envisions technology that would allow a person to summon autonomous recharging vehicles to a rendezvous at a particular location or a range of the location. The roving charger could be self-piloting aerial drones or crewless ground vehicle, was said in the application. The recharging vehicle would then dock with person’s electric vehicle, perhaps in a fixed location while moving.