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The new patent shows that Apple car may have its own MagSafe charger alignment system

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According to the new patent, apple car may have its own MagSafe charger alignment system, where the contacts on the charging station automatically align perfectly with the corresponding contacts on the electric vehicle.Apple car, which is often rumored to have appeared in various forms in speculation, has a recurring factor in its use of electric vehicles. Although it may take the form of a performance car or a van, it has become quite common to say that it will be an electric car.


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IfAppleIf the company wants to create an electric car and make it available to the public in some form, then it really has to deal with the problem of charging vehicles. Unlike gasoline and diesel users who don't use them at night, electric vehicle users are used to charging overnight, because a few hours off is a great opportunity for this activity.

The problem here is that users must remember to charge their vehicles when parking at night, while owners who mainly use liquid fuel do not have to consider this problem. In order for electric vehicles to be accepted like the gasoline version, they must be as easy to use as the gasoline version, without much consideration. In theory, this requires that the electric vehicle can be charged without doing anything, or engineering design for parking conditions, so that users can park their vehicles in this way and automatically participate in charging.

Although the height of the socket on the vehicle may be the same in different models or even different manufacturers, there are still some potential ways to change the height. Two examples will be the additional weight put into the vehicle as a load, and tire pressure. During operation, when the vehicle approaches the charging station, the cover of its charging socket will move upward and open. The pilot or automatic driving vehicle system must try to locate the vehicle as near the intended end point as possible, so as to maximize the opportunity to connect with the charging station properly.

Parking does not have to be perfect, as long as the charging plug is allowed to be connected. Other parts of the patent explain that the plug can refine its position to where it needs to be, and can be relatively passive. The plug can be pushed back by the vehicle by moving the charging point through the sliding rod. For example, the driver moves the vehicle closer to the charging station to reduce the damage caused by the plug impacting the vehicle. To increase protection against potentially vulnerable charging plugs, there is a board above the component to deal with any heavy impact. It will also help guide the plug to slide down, satisfying the socket by pressing the vehicle's bezel, which is also tilted to encourage movement towards the socket itself.

In order to further increase the appropriate connection opportunities, the area around the socket can also be used as a funnel to shunt the plug into the socket. Apple also recommends using magnets to secure the connection. Finally, the charging plug itself will be able to rotate vertically and horizontally, changing the angle to ensure a perfect seat once manipulated to the right place. Apple files a large number of patent applications every week, but while the existence of patent applications indicates areas of interest in Apple's R & D work, there is no guarantee that Apple will use these ideas in future products or services.

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