We doubt we need to explain why this robotic PowerHydrant just won't work in the real world.  We're certain that after watching these two videos you'll see the issues here.

PowerHydrant, which is in the prototype (searching for funds) phase, is explained as follows:

The convergence of wireless technology, mobile chipsets, low-cost imaging and powerful open-source software environments enabled the smartphone revolution. These same commoditized technologies are now enabling a revolution in human-service robot implementation.

Hands-free charging: PowerHydrant® will provide an improved automated robotic solution to EV owners for a true "park-and-forget" experience at home, at work, and everywhere. A hardware module utilizing low cost vision guided robotics, J1772 compliant plug and communication interfaces will provide the automated connection whenever the vehicle is parked in a PowerHydrant® enabled spot.

  • PowerHydrant® has important advantages over other hands-free charging technologies:
  • Conductive robotic charging is unencumbered by power-transfer constraints and can charge at rates from less than 3kW to over 150kW (fast-charge) @ 99% efficiencies.
  • There are no vehicle-alignment, foreign-object, or EMC/EMI constraints.
  • A single charger can be autonomously time-shared (by 2 to 8 vehicles) for cost and congestion management. Optimal sharing ensured by Max-min fairness.
  • Simpler to Install or retrofit.
  • High efficiency means less heat, higher reliability, better safety, and better user acceptance.
  • V2X support assured.

For more on PowerHydrant, visit the website here.

Now, if only automakers would locate the charge port in a standard spot on all plug-in vehicles.  Only a few have it right: front fender (Preferably driver's side in U.S. and curbside in Europe).