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According to Business Insider,Researchers, led by Khurram Afridi, associate professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have developed a technology that will allow cars to be charged on the road while driving. This will turn American roads into wireless chargers.
“There will be charging lanes on the highways,such as high congestion lanes, - said Afridi. - If you run out of battery power, you move to the charging lane. The system will be able to determine which car has entered that lane and will send you an invoice later. "
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The technology provides for integration into the roadspecial metal plates that are connected to the power line and high frequency inverter. The plates will create alternating electric fields that attract and repel a pair of matching plates attached to the bottom of the vehicle. However, scientists still need to improve the level of power required to charge cars while driving. It must be a material that is not only weather resistant, but also capable of withstanding high voltages and heat from passing vehicles.
If widely adopted, this will requirelarge investments in roads. This is potentially billions, if not trillions of dollars, scientists say. However, they are already working with Toyota to use this system to charge electric forklifts.
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