In the automotive industry, the filing of patents is extremely commonplace. Some of them are very concrete and lead directly to new features on vehicles, but other cases can frankly leave folks scratching their heads. Take the patent application made by Toyota that has come to light, for a mobile tanker that serve to recharge vehicles’ battery packs or refill their gas tanks.
Science fiction? In 2020, yes, but maybe not in 2035 or 2050. Who knows, in fact? What we do know is that the idea is intriguing – fun, even – and for that reason alone it’s worth taking a look at.
The patent in question shows a trailer that contains different types of fuel, and is attached to a self-driving car. The idea is that a stranded vehicle’s operator can send a message to the self-driving car-and-trailer combo so it will come to their location to provide them with the necessary charge or fuel to get the vehicle moving again.
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