The latest development in autonomous parking will be showcased at the IAA Munich auto show in September.
The show’s organizers, the VDA industry group, said autonomous parking demonstrations will show that the technology “will soon become part of everyday life.”
The public unveiling will showcase the technical interaction required between autonomous driving systems of various automakers and the sensor technology in the parking garage, which takes over control of the vehicle to manage the parking.
In theory, smart parking garage infrastructure would detect the vehicle’s position when in Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) mode and maneuver the vehicle through the garage without a driver, all while avoiding potential collisions.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Volkswagen Group’s CARIAD automotive software-subsidiary are among the project’s partners.
Robert Bosch, Continental and Valeo will also be participating in the demonstrations, which will take place in a car park at the Munich trade fair grounds during the show, which lasts from Sept. 7 to Sept. 12.
Aside from autonomous parking, the demonstration will showcase a variety of automated vehicle services such as washing and loading while the vehicle is in the parking garage, as well as the automated return of the vehicle to its driver.
Automated parking relies on smart infrastructure in the parking garage, including the sensor systems and cloud-based IT. Secure communication between the garage infrastructure and the vehicle is required to maneuver in and out of the parking spot.
Finnish tech company Unikie supplied the smart infrastructure for the garage, where sensors and cloud computing enable communication between the car and its surroundings.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is preparing an international standard, ISO 23374, to define the standards for automated parking and the technological requirements for both automakers and equipment suppliers.
For effective interaction with the sensors in the infrastructure, the vehicles must have automatic transmission, electronic stability program ESP, an electric parking brake, assisted steering and a smart communication unit for Automated Valet Parking.
“A parking infrastructure designed for automation includes the necessary technology both in the vehicle and in the parking environment, so that routes can be calculated, and all the security requirements are satisfied,” Joachim Damasky, managing director of the VDA, said in a statement.
“Technical units are used for communicating with the vehicle and a cloud connection allows interaction with the backend system.”