Autonomous Valet Parking

As the automotive industry aims towards high levels of vehicle automation, one area which doesn’t attract nearly enough attention is that of parking, which we believe is one of the first steps to fully autonomous driving. Industry expectations are that drivers will be dropped off in front of their destination and that the vehicle will then automatically find, navigate to and pay for parking.

This project, which is partly funded by Innovate UK, focuses on developing Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) technology. This technology would allow the user to be dropped off near the entrance of a multi-storey parking facility, with the vehicle parking itself autonomously with the help of indoor parking maps. To get back to the vehicle, the driver would summon it using an app on their smartphone.

The project is led by Parkopedia, a leading parking service provider. It includes:

The system will be developed and demonstrated on a drive-by-wire enabled vehicle provided by StreetDrone, until May 2020.

The consortium’s key objective is to identify obstacles to full deployment of Autonomous Valet Parking through the development of a technology demonstrator.

It aims to achieve this goal by:

1.Developing automotive-grade indoor parking maps required for autonomous vehicles to localise and navigate within a multi-storey car park.
2. Developing the associated localisation algorithms – targeting a minimal sensor set of cameras, ultrasonic sensors and inertial measurement units – that make best use of these maps.
3. Demonstrating this self-parking technology in a variety of car parks.
4. Develop the safety case and prepare for in-car-park trials.
5. Engage with stakeholders to evaluate perceptions around AVP technology.

To find out more visit the dedicated AVP website at http://avp-project.uk/

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