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Qualcomm working on tech that charges electric vehicles on the move

Qualcomm working on tech that charges electric vehicles on the move

Renault Kangoo used for testing the dynamic charging While there are technologies being introduced to make batteries better, Qualcomm is pushing itself ahead by working on a technology that doesn’t need you to stop your car to charge it. The charging should happen when you are driving, and Qualcomm just showed off a technology called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) to showcase the ability to do that. Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds. Qualcomm Technologies also demonstrated simultaneous charging, in which two vehicles on the same track can charge dynamically at the same time. The vehicles can pick up charge in both directions along the track, and in reverse, further showcasing how the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging. The initial test had a 100-meter track set by VEDECOM and while Qualcomm and VEDECOM worked together in integrating the source part of the track, VEDECOM and Renault worked together in integrating the receiving part onto two vehicles that were used for the test. Now, the system will be handed to VEDECOM for several tests that have to be done on a larger scale, and to replicate practical scenarios including vehicle identification, authorization, agreement of power level between the track and vehicle, and the speed and alignment of the vehicle along the track.

The video that Qualcomm put up for the public shows how, if this system works, will help you call a car using your smartphone, pick you up, and then drop you at the destination autonomously.

The track for testing was set up at Versailles near Paris, and Vedecom, the company from […]

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