Toyota has patented an autonomous refueling drone system that may drive out to your location and prime up your automotive’s gasoline tank, hydrogen gas cell or battery on the go, as spotted by The Drive — virtually like those military tankers that may refuel fighter jets whereas they’re each aloft.
In line with patent filings, the “autonomous drone” features a storage space, a gas supply mechanism, and a central controller. It’s unclear if the automobile is supposed to refuel the automobile in entrance of it whereas on the transfer or solely whereas stationary.
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The drone may additionally theoretically make a number of refueling stops alongside a single route earlier than heading again to recharge itself.
Proximity sensors, GPS and automatic gas ports may enable such a drone to care for your complete operation, with the driving force sits again and relaxes inside their automobile.
Clearly, that is only a single patent submitting — it’s unlikely tech like this can make it into manufacturing any time quickly. Quite a lot of competing charging applied sciences may additionally make such a system useless on arrival.
In truth, we haven’t even reached degree 5 autonomy but. In different phrases, drivers are nonetheless very a lot required to navigate roads — that means the AI isn’t even right here but that might enable a unit like this to drive itself out to the place it’s wanted.
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