Sprint tests robot EV chargers In New York to lower CO2 emissions
Sprint and Adaptive Motion Group (AMG) debuted the “Mobi” self-driving robot—designed to charge electric buses, cars, and industrial vehicles. The units are solar charged and will move to where they are needed using artificial intelligence, Sprint Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and the Sprint 5G mobile network. The will come to New York City starting in the first half of 2019.
“We are thrilled to demonstrate just how an intelligent robot like Mobi will dramatically reduce CO2 emissions across New York City by making electric vehicle use more practical,” said Ivo Rook, Senior Vice President, IoT at Sprint. “AMG’s impressive self-driving and positioning will come alive through Sprint IoT technology and the next-generation Sprint 5G mobile network we are building—allowing it to travel to parked vehicles across the city. The current reality of vehicles taking turns at electric charging stations is just not efficient and slows the real-world adoption of EVs. We believe that this is the ultimate solution for a cleaner, healthier New York City.”
The tests will use Sprint’s LTE network in advance of the company launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. next year. New York City was named among the first nine cities where Sprint will launch its mobile 5G network.
To further reduce carbon emissions, LG Electronics added an energy storage solution that uses solar energy cells (PV) and a lithium-ion battery to charge the Mobi unit. This will combine with a system that will use small 5G signal units mounted on various city street fixtures to enable more accurate location navigation, known as micro-positioning.
“5G enabled micro-positioning will enable new applications from connected vehicles to augmented reality,” said David Bruemmer, CEO of AMG. “We are starting with parking lots, but smart parking will become smart roads and, eventually, smart cities.”