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
Internet address

Keywords

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

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