BEACON TRANSCRIPT – According to a new document leaked from the FCC, it would seem that Alphabet Inc, former Google, is going to move ahead with its plan to expand the driverless car business venture. Google’s testing out wireless charging for autonomous vehicles and three major companies have already submitted their plans to the tech giant.
The document found on FCC’s table, talks about Google’s X Division plan of developing wireless charging devices for the new autonomous vehicles. And according to the rumors out there, 3 companies have submitted their projects to the tech giant since February 2015.
The first company to have submitted its plan to the Mountain View-based tech giant is Hevo Power, followed by Momentum Dynamics and Alpha, who allegedly developed a working wireless charger prototype.
But the documentation found on FCC’s table is capable of telling us even more than this. According to the said document, the new wireless charger device will be capable of delivering an electrical current of circa 1.5 kW, from a wireless transmitter mounted on the ground, directly to the car’s electrical outlet.
Basically, Google plan on constructing charging stands all over the place for those who want to take a respite before hopping into the car. But the design cited by the FCC document has certain limitations. For example, there are a couple of engineers who think that current’s intensity is pretty low and that energy loss during the charging process can also be an issue.
Google came prepared with a little speech regarding this rumors. According to the tech giant, Hevo has received permission to develop the prototype. However, the device is still into the beta stage and it will take a lot of tinkering before it will be made available to the public.
So, what is this new and outstanding piece of technology that Google is currently developing? According to the schematics, it would seem that the wireless charger is no larger than a manhole cover. Supposedly, when the car runs out of juice, the driver will be capable of getting his car upon one of these platforms in order to initiate the charging process.
It’s basically the same charging principle used by wireless phone charger, only that you have to think even bigger. The charging device uses the resonant magnetic induction, a technology that is capable of transmitting electric current over a small distance, without the use of cables.
Google’s testing out wireless charging for autonomous vehicles. Naturally, this is the next logical step the company needs to take in order to make the technology feasible.