The EV has special tires which draws power to run directly from the steel paths in roads.
Japanese researchers developed a new way for autonomous vehicles to run. The self-driving car was developed at the Toyohashi University of Technology.
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The researchers developed a way to take the batteries out of electric vehicles. The EV contains special tires which draws energy for the vehicle to run.
The tires draw power directly from steel paths embedded in the road. Energy is drawn as the tires of the vehicle roll. The steel wires in the tires carry energy from the steel plates in the road to the electric motor.
The researchers also built a full-scale proof of concept on a 98-foot test course. The EV reached about six miles per hour on the test course. The news was first reported by The Japan Times. Although the researchers do admit the tech is not yet very sophisticated, it is still innovative.
According to Professor Takashi Ohira, the acceleration was smooth, and the ride was comfortable. Professor Ohira had been working on ways to make batteries less necessary for EVs for several years.
Back in 2011 Ohira proposed embedding radio frequency transmitters in the road. It would have used steel belts in the tires and equipment in vehicle to convert the signal to electricity.
The recent car seems to be a stretch of the previous research. Even though the car is workable, some problems persist.
Especially how energy is required to flow through the road, as thousands of vehicles every day will flow. Similarly embedding equipment in the road to start flow of energy would be a big task.