Apple has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a suite of autonomous vehicle technologies called Peloton.

According to the patent document, the Peloton technology will enable moving self-driving cars to share battery using a ‘connector arm’. It will also allow them to adjust positions and boost efficiency, among other improvements.

Peloton will allow cars to connect to the internal battery of other vehicles to share battery power. It can be used to connect a minimum of two autonomous cars, the company said.

Apple’s technology will also allow self-driving cars to communicate with each other and arrange the Peloton as per the distance of the self-driving cars to its destination.

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“The vehicle can include a power management system which enables the vehicle to be electrically coupled to a battery included in another vehicle in the Peloton.”

The patent document further revealed that the lead vehicle would be the ‘ego-vehicle,’ which will be used to effectively control the cars connected and travelling behind it.

According to the patent document: “The vehicle can include a power management system which enables the vehicle to be electrically coupled to a battery included in another vehicle in the Peloton, so that driving range differences between the vehicles can be reduced via load sharing via the electrical connection.

“The vehicle can include a power connector arm which extends a power connector to couple with an interface of another vehicle.”

The US tech giant further mentioned that the connector arm would be extending from a retracted position, as per the requirements.