IT The home of 5 month 10 Daily news , According to the Apple Insider reports , The new report points out that , Apple Apple Car You can have your own MagSafe Charger alignment system , The contacts on the charging station will automatically align perfectly with their counterparts on the electric vehicle .
Rumoured Apple Car There are many forms of speculation , But a recurring factor is that it will use electricity to drive the vehicle , That's electric cars .
If Apple wants to make electric cars and provide them to the public in some form , It really has to solve the problem of car charging . Unlike gasoline and diesel cars, which use fuel alone , Electric car users are used to charging their cars at night .
It's not that the car will run out of electricity overnight , But charging an electric car is inevitably slower than filling it with a pump , And the overnight time is ideal —— Users only need to remember to plug in the charging power supply .
In a newly granted revised Patent , be known as “ Charging station with passive alignment mechanism (Charging station with passive alignment mechanism)”, Apple proposed such an engineering system , The system allows the driver to stop and start charging the vehicle immediately .
The system mainly relates to a charging station with a charging plug , The charging plug is designed to be inserted into the receiving socket of the vehicle itself . The plug is connected to the sliding rod , The position of the plug can be moved vertically and horizontally , To allow the driver to make imperfect parking attempts and changes in vehicle height .
Although the height of the socket on the vehicle may be the same between different models and even manufacturers , But there are still some potential ways of height change . Two examples are the extra weight put into the vehicle as a load , And the pressure of the tires .
In operation , The vehicle will be equipped with a cover for its charging socket , When it approaches the charging station , The cover is opened by moving upward . The driver or autonomous vehicle system must attempt to position the vehicle as close as possible to its intended end point , To maximize the chance of proper connection to the charging station .
Parking doesn't have to be perfect , As long as it is within the range of allowable charging plug connection . The rest of the patent explains that the plug can adjust its position to the required position , And can do so relatively passively .
The charging point allows the plug to be pushed back by the vehicle through the movement of the sliding rod , For example, if the driver moves the vehicle closer to the charging station , To minimize damage caused by the plug hitting the vehicle .
In order to increase the protection of charging plugs that may be fragile , A plate is placed above the assembly , To deal with any heavy impact . It also helps guide the plug down to connect to the socket by pressing on the flap of the vehicle , The flap also has an angle to facilitate movement towards the socket itself .
In order to further increase the opportunities for appropriate connections , The area around the socket can also act as a funnel , Transfer the plug into the socket . Apple also recommends using magnets to secure the coupling .
Last , The charging plug itself will be able to rotate vertically and horizontally , Once manipulated to the right position , You can change the angle to ensure perfect seating .
The patent lists its inventor as Matthew M. Torok、Foster D. Collins and William M. Price.