Refueling a vehicle or charging an electric vehicle may seem simple to the average person. Still, it can be highly challenging for those who are physically limited, such as the elderly or the disabled.
Ford has developed a prototype of a robot charging station that can be operated from within the vehicle using a smartphone. The use of technology allows the driver to either wait inside the car while it charges or to leave it and let a robot take care of the charging process.
For drivers with limited mobility, how easy it is to charge an electric car has already become a deciding factor in their choice of car.
Ford's current research project is testing a robotic charging station. The goal is to find ways to charge electric cars without touching the plugs and make charging fully automatic for self-driving vehicles.