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See what it's like to ride in the nation's first self-driving, self-charging bus

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See what it's like to ride in the nation's first self-driving, self-charging bus

Utah State University unveiled the country's first fully electric, self-driving, wireless charging vehicle on Tuesday. Engineers from institutions around the nation collaborated on the technology.  

There's a big opportunity to reduce emissions, the overall pollution in the air, as well as reducing the cost of transportation.
Regan Zane-USU Electrical Engineering Professor

Utah State University's electrical engineering professor, Regan Zane said electric vehicles can greatly reduce pollution since vehicle emissions are responsible for more than half of air pollution.

 

Steve Pekarek, an engineer at Purdue University said he hopes within the next 30 years there will be roadways with an electrical system where people can drive without range anxiety and wirelessly charge vehicles. 

With millions of dollars in state and federal grants, the State of Utah has been at the center of developing electric vehicle technology.

Over the last year, engineers at the University of Utah have developed one of the first mobile charging units called coils that embed in roadways and can charge vehicles in motion. 

The concept of having a vehicle that can go from SLC to L.A. without charging requirements. That's really one of our cores here at Utah State,
Regan Zane-USU Electrical Engineering Professor

Zane said the technology has been presented to Salt Lake City and they could be looking into eventually implementing the mobile charging system.

 

Would you ride a self-driving bus?

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