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China rolls out smart valet parking

The lidar sensors provide high-resolution, three-dimensional information about the surrounding environment

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Technology allows the car to be left at the entrance of a car park. Picture: Business Wire
Technology allows the car to be left at the entrance of a car park. Picture: Business Wire

HoloParking has been unveiled as China’s “first smart valet parking solution” that operates 24/7 and in all-weather conditions.

 

The autonomous driving technology from HoloMatic, which uses lidar sensors from Velodyne Lidar, aims to free travellers from the burden of time-consuming searches for parking spots.

 

No human intervention

 

According to HoloMatic, unlike parking assistance systems, HoloParking does not require the vehicle to be driven next to a parking spot. Rather, it allows a driver to leave a vehicle at the entrance of the parking lot. Using HoloParking, the vehicle then finds a parking spot and completes the parking manoeuvre on its own without human intervention.

 

For pick-up, the returning driver can start the system remotely and the vehicle will automatically drive from the parking spot to the boarding area. Throughout this process, the driver does not need to enter the parking lot.

 

The system uses Velodyne’s smart lidar sensors to provide high-resolution, three-dimensional information about the surrounding environment. Whether functioning in an environment with low light, a complex parking lot mixed with people and vehicles, or in severe weather conditions, HoloParking provides users with safe and reliable autonomous parking services, the company claims.

 

“Almost every driver has a horror story of being involved in a long search for a parking spot that adds time pressures and worries about keeping an appointment,” said Dr Kai Ni, founder and CEO, HoloMatic.

 

“HoloParking makes the parking process easy and stress-free for drivers. Velodyne’s industry-leading lidar sensors enable the HoloParking system to navigate complex parking structures, severe weather conditions, and people and objects around the vehicle.”

“Almost every driver has a horror story of being involved in a long search for a parking spot that adds time pressures and worries about keeping an appointment”

This year, the commercialisation of HoloParking in China is slated for select cities, with initial roll-out in Shanghai. By 2020, introduction of HoloParking is planned in more than 20 cities, each with at least 20 parking lots.

 

“HoloMatic has created an innovative autonomous driving solution that can operate around the clock and under all weather conditions, from vehicle drop-off to pick-up,” added Wei Weng, executive director APAC, Velodyne Lidar.

 

“The HoloParking system taps the full power of Velodyne’s rich computer perception data to help vehicles determine the safest path to a parking spot.”

 

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