Tesla Building Robotic Snakes That Emerge From Walls To Charge Cars

Tesla's Building Robotic Snakes That Emerge From Walls to Charge Cars

Elon Musk just tweeted some pretty exciting news. In the future, Tesla owners won't have to worry about plugging in their cars. Robot snake arms will do it for them...

No, seriously:

He added in a follow up tweet, "This can be used with all existing Model S cars, not just futures [sic] ones."

The idea isn't even that far-fetched. Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw the OC Robotics' Series II - X125 system snakebot (pictured in the above GIF) which can be used for a number of practical purposes. The Biorobotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University has also been working on robotic snakes for years.

There's no indication that Tesla will use either of these technologies for its own snakebots, and we'll remain slightly sceptical until we actually see those Tesla-branded version in action. But at least there's some proof of concept out there in the world. And what an awesome concept it is! [Elon Musk via TechCrunch]



    I would have thought induction charging from floor plates would be the way to go for electric cars. However, if this robo snake could pump petrol, that would be awesome.

      The power loss from induction charging is too great to be useful for daily vehicle charging.

      Last edited 02/01/15 10:57 am

        Well, maybe they should be working on fixing that instead of building a robo-snake.

          Well maybe they should be working on fixing the problems with nuclear power rather than this.

          Better yet, if fixing the problems with induction charging are so easy, why don't you do it?

            If Elon Musk would give me a $10m research grant I would.

              Smart enough to solve all the world's problems.

              Will only do it if he's paid millions of dollars.

              I think there's a meme in there somewhere.

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