Look, No Cables! An Interview Study into Guiding the Practical Implementation of Wireless Chargers for Electric Taxis

Arun Ulahannan, Matthew Knight, Robert Doel, Stewart Birrell

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    Abstract

    Wireless charging could facilitate the transition from diesel powered taxis to low/zero emission alternatives. The WiCET project aims to install five wireless chargers and retrofit nine taxis with wireless power transfer (WPT) capabilities, to study the impacts of enabling smaller but more frequent in-rank charging. Semi-structured interviews with 8 taxi drivers from Nottingham, UK were run. The results found that all drivers were in favour of in-rank wireless charging, citing the convenience and potential to complete more fares. Furthermore, most drivers recommended placing the chargers sequentially and away from the front of the taxi rank, to maximise their charging time (when the minority of vehicles are WPT-enabled). This study provides evidence for wireless charging as an enabler of electric taxis in medium-sized cities, such as Nottingham, as well as provide insights into the practical realities of installing in-rank wireless chargers and highlights areas for future study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Aspects of Transportation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2021
    EditorsNeville Stanton
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages269-276
    Number of pages8
    Volume270
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-80012-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-80011-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2021
    EventInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - Online, United States
    Duration: 25 Jul 202129 Jul 2021
    http://2021.ahfe.org

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
    Volume270
    ISSN (Print)2367-3370
    ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
    Abbreviated titleAHFE 2021
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Period25/07/2129/07/21
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    Keywords

    • wireless charging
    • taxi
    • user research
    • Public transport
    • Electric Vehicles

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