Hyundai Aims to Merge Automated Valet, Wireless Charging

January 03, 2019 at 11:19 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. and its Kia Motors affiliate are developing a system that can autonomously park a vehicle and utilize a wireless charging station.

The technology would allow drivers to remotely park and summon a vehicle via a smartphone app. The self-driving cars would locate and maneuver into available spots in specially equipped facilities.

Users can request that an electric vehicle is directed to a wireless charging pad so the battery can be replenished as needed. When charging is completed, the vehicle drives itself to a parking spot to make room for other EVs.

Watch a video of the concept HERE.

Hyundai aims to launch the technology as part of Level 4 self-driving systems by about 2025. The carmaker plans to introduce semi-autonomous cars by 2021.

Other carmakers and suppliers are developing similar technologies. Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have been testing an automated valet system for several months at the Mercedes-Benz museum’s garage in Stuttgart, Germany.