Electric vehicles will eventually become commonplace in the future, and one of the biggest headaches then will undoubtedly concern juicing up the ride, specifically in public places.

While charging speeds will continue improve, making for faster top-ups, ensuring that every car gets what is needed may be a trickier thing, as is the case today when a fully-charged vehicle is sometimes left docked in a public charging location for hours beyond that needed. To expect more charging bays sounds like a costly proposition, so how best then to maximise efficiency?

Hyundai and Kia are proposing a system that will answer those needs, the concept being based on electric vehicle wireless charging working in tandem with an automated valet parking system (AVPS).

The system attempts to solve the problem of overcrowding of both parking and charging locations by relocating fully charged vehicles from charging stations and allow other awaiting electric vehicles to charge, all in fully automated fashion.

Upon commanding the vehicle to charge using a smartphone, the vehicle will automatically cruise to a vacant wireless charging station. When the vehicle is fully charged, it will relocate to another vacant parking space using the AVPS, allowing other vehicles to charge at the spot. When the driver calls for the vehicle, it will then autonomously return to the location of the driver.

The overall process is performed by continuous communication between the electric vehicle, parking facility, charging system and driver. In this case, the parking facility sends location of empty parking spaces and charging stations, while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicle in real-time.

Hyundai and Kia – which plan to launch fully autonomous vehicles by 2030 – say that they are looking into commercialising the tech for Level 4 autonomous vehicles by around 2025.