Is it going to be Tesla or Apple- the race of autonomous driving vehicle is on!
Apple has filed a new Patent for an Autonomous Vehicle featuring Battery Sharing while driving the car named “Peloton“. The patent describes that this battery sharing is possible for a couple of vehicles altogether. This shall be possible with help of a “connector arm”, aiming at increasing efficiency.
Apple filed the details with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Named “Peloton,” which in terms of cycling refers to the main riders, this patent describes some of the most advanced technology which shall help the vehicle to travel more and thereby increasing the efficiency.
Apple says that its peloton system can be used with two autonomous vehicles as well, but it looks like it will allow many cars to come in a group to increase efficiency altogether. The summary of the patent clears the road on which Apple is heading.
A vehicle configured to be autonomously navigated in a peloton along a roadway, wherein the peloton comprises at least the vehicle at least one additional vehicle, is configured to determine a position of the vehicle in the peloton which reduces differences in relative driving ranges among the vehicles included in the peloton. The vehicles can dynamically adjust peloton positions while navigating to reduce driving range differences among the vehicles.
The vehicle can include a power management system which enables the vehicle to be electrically coupled to a battery included in another vehicle in the peloton, so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection. The vehicle can include a power connector arm which extends a power connector to couple with an interface of another vehicle.
Apple claims that the arm will be able to connect directly with the internal batteries of the car. Along with the process of manufacturing, the patent helped us know more about how this shall be possible to increase the efficiency and managing the driving range.