Continental drives Automated Valet Parking with AI startup investment

August 04, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Continental drives Automated Valet Parking with AI startup investment
Automated Valet Parking (AVP) is one of the most advanced use cases for the development of autonomous driving. Technically related to this is the automatic manoeuvring of vehicles in factories and logistics centres. Continental plans to bring these use cases closer to series production with its investment in the AI start-up Kopernikus Automotive.

Continental is investing an undisclosed sum in the Leipzig-based start-up Kopernikus Automotive. A specialist in autonomous driving technologies, Kopernikus develops solutions for infrastructure-based manoeuvring of vehicles. The technology is based on sensors installed in the infrastructure and artificial intelligence-based algorithms that control the vehicles through a central computing platform. The first two use cases of this technology are automated parking in multi-storey or underground car parks, also known as Automated Valet Parking (AVP), and autonomous manoeuvring of, for example, newly produced vehicles at vehicle manufacturers or in logistics areas.

Already today, the first vehicles are being driven through vehicle factories without a driver and based on infrastructure - according to Continental experts, this technology will also significantly change parking in the near future. For Automated Valet Parking, the driver gets out - for example at an airport terminal -, hands over the vehicle to the infrastructure via an app and the car is parked autonomously. The vehicle is guided through an infrastructure installed in the car park. In the case of Continental / Kopernikus, cameras are used as sensors. At the heart of the system are AI-based algorithms that ensure safe orchestration and guidance of all vehicles. Kopernikus Automotive provides such a solution, with which car parks, hotels and airports can be equipped at relatively low cost and is thus ready for autonomous parking.

The prerequisite for the use of the solution is an additional vehicle function called Central Motion Control, which converts the trajectory specified by the intelligent infrastructure into the control of the corresponding actuators. The components required for this in the car are automatic transmission, electric parking brake, electric power steering and an intelligent communication unit. These are already installed as standard in many vehicles.

"In the future, cars will be moved autonomously in factories and also in car parks. A safe, comfortable and affordable solution is being

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