Tesla Developing Automated Charging
December 31, 2014
It is not always easy to stay on the cutting edge of the tech space and the IoT, but Elon Musk makes it a bit easier with his Twitter account. Today, Musk quite matter-of-factly announced that Tesla is working on a robotic snake arm that automatically extends from the wall and charges your Tesla—You can see for yourself HERE
Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake. For realz.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2014
TechCrunch and Gizmodo are both reporting that the arm is to function autonomously. Gizmodo’s Darrell Etherington describes the innovation as something that would, “presumably somewhat resemble the kind of articulated robotic arms made famous by comic book villain Doctor Octopus, but less threatening and evil.” Based on the above video, this appears to be an accurate summation.
It sounds silly but, have you ever forgotten to get gas? Maybe you’re running late to dinner or the office and it just slips your mind. Tesla’s newest innovation automatically extends and plugs into your car, making this issue a thing of the past. It is unclear how the process will work, but advents in IoT sensor tech and connected devices will likely play a large role in taking this idea from the drawing board to your garage.
Secondary to Musk’s initial announcement of Tesla’s new ‘solid metal snake,’ he added that the arm would work with all Model S cars. Couple this with its recent battery warranty extension; Tesla is doing all it can to provide its customers with the fruit of its labor. The steep price tag of a Tesla S comes with all the perks of innovation.
This can be used with all existing Model S cars, not just futures ones.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2014
Tesla and its fearless leader exist in a space of constant development and evolution. From years ago, when Musk was scoffed at about creating an electric sports car, to today where Tesla is THE preeminent electric sports car on the market. The autonomous snake arm isn’t ready for the general public quite yet, but hopefully soon—as I am holding my breath.
Edited by Peter Bernstein