Some German public trasit also employs similar concept at each stop. This is also quite interesting for race cars. But as I understand, the charging technology should be uniform for all car paticipant. If not, it will be difficult to judge the winner - driver, car or charging technology?
@Luis, it is interesting, isn't it? In every day life, plugging your phone or car into the power source doesn't seem like such a big deal and yet, as soon as we are presnted with an alternative "wireless" way, we find it "convenient" and "cool."
I guess the cars will include a Wipower charger ... the user experience will be so seamless... just drop the phone in the little space for it in the car and it will get charged, no need to bother about connecting it. Good!
Qualcomm had a Bentley EV on their booth at CES this year to show off the Halo battery charging system. I was told that the battery is almost as heavy as the V12 engine it replaced. Quite a change to go from low-power RF for phones to high-power RF for a huge battery!
As with any scheme that involves active roadway systems (autonomous, charging, etc) the massive hurdle will be existing infrastructure and automobiles. retrofitting would be prohivitively expensive, especially once you leave densely packed metropolitan areas.
I would love to go see what Korea is working on in a few years after they've had a chance to both test and improve the system.
@kinnar, as the slide 3 shows, it will be charging the car battery. It is an intriguing idea, and something similar is being tested in Korea. As others commented before, the weather/road conditions are likely to become a big issue, though.
This technology will be charging the battery or it will be providing power to the electric vehicle on the track? If it will provide power to the battery eventually it will be providing power/energy to the car, and this will let the EV to run at the full speed. I think will be providing dual purpose charging the battery simultaneously providing power for the running of car. If en entire city is provided with these kind of tracks with power subscriptions it will be opening entirely a new market.