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Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 14:58 GMT
Not long ago, Apple released a new MagSafe wireless charger that uses a magnet to connect the charger to the phone. Recently exposed Apple patents show that the company is studying MagSafe technology for car charging.
There have been many rumors that Apple is developing a car, but most people agree that it will use batteries as power. For this, it must find a simpler way to charge the vehicle. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent called “Charging Station with Passive Alignment Mechanism” on Tuesday, local time. The company proposed such an engineered system that can start charging immediately after the vehicle stops.
This system mainly includes a charging station with a charging plug that can be inserted into a socket on the vehicle. The plug is connected to the sliding rod, and the sliding rod can move the position of the plug vertically and horizontally to allow the driver to try to conveniently charge the vehicle when the parking position is not ideal or the vehicle height is different.
In terms of operation, the charging socket on the vehicle will have a cover. When it approaches the charging station, move it upward to open the charging socket. The driver or self-driving vehicle system must try to position the vehicle as close as possible to the expected end point to maximize the chance of connecting with the charging station.
The parking does not have to be perfect, just within the range that allows the charging plug to be connected. In order to increase the protection of the fragile charging plug, a protective plate is set above the component to deal with any serious impact. It will also help guide the plug to slide down and connect to the socket by pressing the flap of the vehicle.
To further increase the chances of a suitable connection, the area around the socket can also act as a funnel to guide the plug into the socket. Apple also recommends using magnets to fix the coupling. Finally, the charging plug itself will be able to pivot vertically and horizontally, changing the angle to ensure a perfect connection.
The inventors of this patent are Matthew M. Torok, Foster D. Collins (Foster D. Collins) and William M. Price (William M. Price). The application was submitted on
Electric vehicle charging has appeared in Apple’s patents several times. In July 2019, Apple suggested in its patent application for the “Wireless Charging Alignment System” that the autonomous driving system can use transmitters embedded in parking spaces to park cars in wireless locations. Ideal location for charging.
In the same year, Apple proposed a “charging system” idea, which consists of a small robotic device that can move on the floor under the vehicle. This device will lift the charging element near the receiver in the car for wireless charging.