Hyundai and Kia may be a bit late in the autonomous driving game, but once they present an idea, it sure is right out there. The most recent is wireless charging and with Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS).
The idea is simple, really, and solves two problems – overcrowded parking and the need to charge EVs in a world where the number of such vehicles will increase. As you demonstrated in the video here, the car can look for a vacant charging station autonomously while the owner goes about doing his or her thing. And once the vehicle’s batteries are fully charged, will move to a vacant parking space while another vehicle rolls up to get its batteries charged. Because the charging is done wirelessly, the process is just so much smoother.
The car can even drive itself back to the owner once beckoned like the good robot it is. All this is possible is continuous communication between the EV, parking facility, charging system and driver.
Hyundai and Kia are considering on commercializing the technology upon the launch of level 4 autonomous vehicle around year 2025. Hyundai and Kia also plan to commercialize autonomous vehicles in various smart cities from 2021 with a goal of launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.