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Autonomous Cars Need Tougher Batteries, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Says

  • Self-driving vehicles need more-durable batteries: Yoshino
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Race To Build Self-Driving Cars Accelerates

Battery makers must rethink their technology if predictions for a wave of self-driving vehicles pan out, according to one of the inventors of the lithium-ion battery.

In addition to focusing on making batteries more powerful to extend the driving range of single-owner cars, manufacturers will also need to develop devices that can withstand the rigors of near-constant driving and short-range trips from the shared use expected of autonomous vehicles, said Akira Yoshino, who invented a prototype of the lithium-ion battery in 1985.