Autonomous Valet Parking Not Yet Ready for Implementation

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By Maite Bezerra | 3Q 2021 | IN-6293


Autonomous Valet Parking Today


Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP), an SAE L4 fully automated functionality that allows vehicles to park and be summoned autonomously without the presence of a driver, is available today in the Mercedes S-Class in Stuttgart, Germany, and Human Horizon's HiPhi X in China. These solutions use an infrastructure-based approach where all the intelligence is hosted in the parking garage. A computer in the facility receives information from several sources to decide what steering throttle and brake commands to send to each vehicle. The vehicle is drive by wire, in the same way as a remote-controlled car, and makes no decisions.

For effective interaction with the infrastructure sensors, vehicles must feature automatic transmission, electric parking brake, electric steering assistance, and an intelligent communication unit (e.g., cellular module, UWB, or V2X). As these components are commonly found in premium and mid-range vehicles today, the solution can be easily extended to support models from various manufacturers.

Several carmakers—including Mercedes, BMW, Cariad (A VW Group comp…

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