Apple, the world’s leading technology company, has been granted a patent for electric vehicle charging.
The patent, for a charging station that allows “an electric vehicle to connect to a charging station without manual connection by an operator,” comes as Apple is reportedly shortening the timeline for its self-driving car development, with a new target of launching it in just four years.
Apple’s patent application is a continuation of previous U.S. patent applications, as this is Apple’s second patent for the invention.
“Charging stations that require manual connection of the vehicle to the charging station do not permit charging to be performed when no human operator is present,” Apple said.
“As an example, a charging station may include a charging plug that is mounted using one or more passive translation stages that change position upon contact with a structure that is formed on the vehicle,” the tech giant added.