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The architecture firm of ‘Foster + Partners’ is collaborating with the auto brand ‘Nissan’ on a project that combines different types of technology. Together, they have developed a link between ‘wireless charging’, ‘autonomous driving’ (driver-less) and ‘battery storage’ for a future urban project.

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Their concept ‘leapfrogs’ over the static charging-station to allow cars to charge themselves and distribute their energy to houses via  a’smart street’. The Japanese car company has already  begun testing their ‘vehicle-to-grid’ system in Europe. This means that cars may soon become individual ‘energy hubs’ capable of storing or returning clean energy to local energy grids.

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The attached video-links explain in greater detail how cars can be made to connect to an underground electricity grid ‘wirelessly’ through special points in the surface of roads. The power generated is achieved via a combination of solar, wind and wave sources.

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The cars themselves are also capable of self-parking overnight. Furthermore, they can automatically swap energy with other vehicles when fully-powered. In the morning, the car could be wired-up to provide the necessary electricity to power lighting and appliances in their owner’s home.

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Expanding this scenario further, cars will also be able to drive directly into offices, where an automated parking system would direct each vehicle to a ‘charging-bay’ (allowing them to recharge over the course of the day). In a further digital extension, Nissan’s smartwatch – launched in 2013 and known as NISMO – could inform drivers when their car is fully-charged.

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The commitment to innovation and sustainability runs through the history of both these companies. Together they are ensuring a smarter future city for us all to live in! Check out the link to see Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility concept vid!

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