I would also be interested in knowing if this technology will be affordable enough that the car owner would choose to put one in their own garage. We are all human. And thus we do tend to avoid work. Being able to just park the car and have it charge would be an avantage over having to plug it in every day. Or keep someone from accidently drving off while the cord is still plugged in.
I haven't seen actual proof or details but I have heard of people steeling man hole covers to recycle for scrap value. So when I read this article I had the same question you did regading them being stolen.
I had the same question with billing people for charging, but I am sure they could incorporate some kind of RFID technology to make sure the charger only turns on when a billable person is parked in the right spot.
@TJ McDermott – The only other possible way is to ground the cables few meters down the road so that they have to break the road to take the cable and other devices out. Do you think they have a better way of protecting this equipment?
@naperlou – its good if this payment mechanism and the customer account is accepted from any charging location, I think E-ZPASS would match the requirement. Having prepaid top up would help customer to recharge.
@shehan: That would be a good approach as far as identifying the vehicle for billing purposes. Another one would be the E-ZPASS or other toll collecting device. After all, the accounts are already set up. Allowing people to either pre-pay, attach to a credit card or to a bank account would not be difficult. The charging devices are wired, so they could use powerline communications to communicate with the billing authority. The other nice thing is that E-ZPASS is accepted by many states.
@TJ McDermott - yes it's not an easy task for the authorities to protect these units from being stolen. I think we will have to at least warn the public that these units are surrounded by electric coils and anyone who touches them will be electrocuted.
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