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 couple of vehicles all together. 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 it’s 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 all together. 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.
A method, comprising: performing, by at least one computer system installed in a vehicle (“ego-vehicle”) configured to be autonomously navigated in a peloton along a roadway, wherein the peloton comprises the ego-vehicle and at least one additional vehicle: based on a comparison of driving ranges of each of the ego-vehicle and the at least one additional vehicle, determining a particular configuration of the peloton, which comprises a particular peloton position in which the ego-vehicle is navigated relative to the at least one additional vehicle, which reduces a difference of the relative driving ranges of the ego-vehicle and the at least one additional vehicle; and generating a set of control commands which cause the vehicle to be navigated in the peloton at the particular peloton position, according to the particular configuration of the peloton.
Apple further describes that the connector arm would be extending from a retracted position when needed.
The method of claim 11, wherein: the power connector is coupled to the at least one battery via a power cable; the ego-vehicle comprises a power connector arm which is configured to extend the power connector from a retracted position in the ego-vehicle, and across a spacing distance between the ego-vehicle and the at least one additional vehicle,
The patent also describes that the autonomous driving system would analyze the driving ranges to determine the organization of the peloton.
One or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing program instructions that when executed by one or more processors cause the one or more processors to: based on a comparison of driving ranges of each of a vehicle (“ego-vehicle”) and at least one additional vehicle, determine a particular configuration of a peloton
Apple actually files many patents but most of them never meet the reality, but these are certainly some interesting details. The full patent can be read here.
At this point in time you guys might that excited that Apple Car can be seen sometime soon, but that is going that the company is planning. Apple shall produce a system which will be used by other car manufacturers to increase the efficiency. Most recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple’s future autonomous vehicle system will make use of its own custom chips by 2023.
Source – 9to5Mac