The Massachusetts startup WiTricity has developed a mat that charges electric vehicles using magnetic resonance
Someday fleets of shared autonomous cars will shuttle passengers rapidly around cities, picking them up and dropping them off without the need for parking lots, garages, or even personal vehicles. But without a place to sit and charge, or the time to do it while individual owners are at work or at home asleep, how will these vehicles get the energy they need to do their jobs? Who will feed the robot cars?
“There’s no one to plug them in. There’s no driver. They need to be able to go on demand, charge themselves as the batteries get low,” says Alex Gruzen, CEO of the Massachussetts-based wireless charging company WiTricity.