There are many potential solutions to the problem of having to connect an electric vehicle to a bulky charging connection. People have been working on this technology, which includes everything from wireless pads to robot arms, for quite some time.

Next week, at the Seoul Mobility Show, Hyundai Motor Group will be the latest automaker to examine human-free electric vehicle charging technology by showcasing its new Automatic Charging Robot.

The ACR can make charging your Ioniq 6 as simple as pressing a button on your key fob, using its built-in laser, cameras, AI wheels, and a moveable arm in conjunction with the proper EV.

There is always room for improvement when it comes to charging an electric vehicle in a familiar setting like a garage or driveway. WiTricity has spent the last decade developing wireless EV charging. In 2015, Tesla released a video showing a metal “snake” that could automatically connect a charging cable to an electric vehicle. Ram is developing a robot that can charge the forthcoming electric truck using induction. Hyundai and Kia will showcase their latest autonomous charging technology, dubbed ACR, this month in Seoul.

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There are some similarities between Tesla’s metal snake and the Automated Charging Robot, however the latter is far more advanced. Unlike the Hyundai Motor Group’s ACR, which features a hand that can handle many plugs, the snake was equipped with a special Tesla connector. It’s great to see such forward-thinking compatibility, even if the J1772 or CCS connector is used in most cases. HMG claims that the ACR can function “independent of charger position, weather, or potential obstructions” in any setting because of how it was built. This IP65-rated robot employs a safety pole buried nearby that is equipped with a laser sensor to detect when it is about to collide with a fixed or moving object.

This is the “isn’t it fabulous?” explanation of how the ACR functions. Simply park your EV where it can be charged, or close by if it has self-parking capabilities, and use the remote to initiate charging. The ACR will only be able to charge a vehicle if it has a charging port door that opens automatically and can be communicated with by the ACR. The ACR on wheels approaches the vehicle, detects the location of the plug with a 3D camera, and then manoeuvres the cable to the port. The robotic arm withdraws once the EV is fully charged.
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Automated Charging Robot (ACR) For EVs Created By Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai has finally unveiled an authentic ACR demonstration video. The manufacturer debuted a CGI commercial showcasing the robot’s capabilities in July 2022. “those with mobility barriers,” as charging cables get larger and heavier to facilitate high-speed charging, can benefit greatly from the ACR, according to Dong Jin Hyun, head of HMG’s Robotics Lab.
As of the 2023 Seoul Mobility Exhibition, the ACR is merely an interesting novelty. Nonetheless, HMG claims robots will provide EV charging support in the “near future.” Next solid step towards making EV driving more accessible and convenient is the arrival of the ACR or other charging simplification technologies.
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Since 2006, Sebastian Blanco has been covering the automotive alternative fuels industry in his writings. Among the publications that have featured his writing and evaluations of automobiles are the New York Times, Automotive News, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs, Trucks.com, Car Talk, and others. Since covering the unveiling of the Tesla Roadster, his first foray into green car media, he has followed the industry’s shift away from gasoline-powered vehicles and learned of the new technology’s significance not just for the auto business but for the globe at large. When you factor in the recent transition to driverless vehicles, there are more exciting developments occurring now than the average person can keep track of. You might catch him tweeting or, on a good day, driving a brand new electric vehicle.