There is little doubt that the future holds a very different automobile from those on our roads today. It will almost certainly be fully self-driving in most, if not all, situations by the time all is said and done. In fact, the Society of Automotive Engineers (www.sae.org) has published a well-defined roadmap that outlines the six stages of the evolution, leading to fully autonomous vehicles at Level 5.
We are all carrying more devices that constantly need to be recharged. How many of you have either forgotten your chargers or used that “USB” charger that did not properly work on your USB device? Although it seems to be a simple thing to deliver power to a device, when done incorrectly it can fail to recharge, waste precious energy, or in the worst case, damage the product. None of these scenarios lead to a satisfied consumer. In the transportation industry, we also complicate the issue with how and what type of power is being delivered to the I/O port that will power our device.