Suppose, you are in a middle of a forest, driving past the woods or a newbie in a place and suddenly your electric car runs out of battery. How will you continue rest of your journey without powering your car’s battery? Such an ordeal, right? Well, Amazon has the solution right at your fingertip now.
It’s patent number 9,778,653, and it’s called “Systems, devices and methods delivering energy using an uncrewed autonomous vehicle (UAV)”. Basically, a drone comes to your rescue.
Albeit, the patent, spotted by Roadshow was applied in 2014, it only got approval in recent month. There is an assumption that the early patent application is to halt competitors to propose similar patent.
Mechanism: If an electric vehicle cannot reach its destination due to insufficient charge in the battery, it can get a tip-off from the server which sends a drone to the rendezvous point. There are multiple ways to attach the drone to the required car as per instructional guide images. One, which includes retractable dock system and the other is done through attachment of clamps. The drone reads a target from the roof of the car and accordingly supplies juice to the electric vehicle. Sometimes, vehicles may need to provide information on the speed, direction, anticipated action of the vehicle and so on for proper identification of the vehicle.
The drone's battery is rechargeable. Thereby, it can return to base and fill itself up before providing another electric vehicle with juice. Amazon even imagines a possibility where the UAV is using "the motion information to adjust the route to the rendezvous location," controlling how the car is going to get to its final destination based on the amount of energy it requires.
A large number of drones need to be stout and swift enough to meet a car driver on the desired location. Perhaps, the juices which the drones carry might not be sufficient enough to cover a larger distance. The travel time might be limited to only thirty minutes, approximately. As far as Amazon is not making any electric vehicle, these drones can work efficiently for boosting the power required for the vehicles on a long run.