The impact of autonomous parking: Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS Japan 2016 (2)

Autonomous valet parking to be introduced at special purpose parking lots by around 2020




Road map to autonomous valet parking (Source: A report made by the Autonomous Driving Business Commission, which was jointly established by METI and MLIT)

 The "Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS Japan 2016" conference was organized by TU Automotive and held in Tokyo from July 11 through 12, 2016. This report summarizes Japan's plans to introduce autonomous valet parking based on a lecture presented by Hiroyuki Asada (General Manager, Vehicle Research Dept., Development Engineering Office, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation) titled "Explore the impacts of automated parking."

 Japan is considering plans to achieve autonomous valet parking at parking lots equipped with a specialized infrastructure by around 2020. This report will also describe a system that combines autonomous valet parking and car sharing functions that is being jointly developed by Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH in Europe.

 The lecture was based on the report, "Planning strategies for safe, secure, and convenient parking lot systems in an aging society" that was commissioned by the Mechanical Social Systems Foundation and issued by the Japan Research Industries Association (JRIA). Asada, the lecturer, was a member of the planning committee and took part in the compilation of the report.  The committee was made up of companies like Toyota Motor Corporation, Suzuki Motor Corporation, and Mitsubishi Motors; operators of shopping malls with parking lots (Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd. and Aeon Co., Ltd.); parking lot equipment manufacturers (Takenaka Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Amano Corporation); automotive electronics makers (JVC Kenwood Corporation, NEC Corporation, and Pioneer Corporation); and Sohgo Security Services Co., Ltd.

 A report prepared at roughly the same time as this one by the Autonomous Driving Business Commission, which was jointly established by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), will also be referenced. (The content of the two reports is linked.)

 (Notes) Valet parking is a parking service offered by some hotels and restaurants, as explained below: The driver leaves their car key with an attendant called a valet. The valet parks the vehicle for them. When the driver departs the establishment, the valet brings the vehicle back to the entrance.

 Autonomous valet parking is a system for providing valet parking. The system works in conjunction with dedicated infrastructure to detect free parking spaces and determine a route. It automatically moves the vehicle into the parking space, stops the engine, and locks the door. In response to a call from the driver or management staff to move the vehicle out of the space, the system starts the engine and maneuvers the vehicle to an assigned location.

Related report:
Toyota’s ADAS technology: Autonomous Vehicle and ADAS Japan 2016 (1)  (August 2016)

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