Lela S. Storey. Volkswagen. May 05th , 2017.
Volkswagen is developing a technology for automated parking. The V-Charge is a project to automate the search for a parking space and the charging of electric vehicles. All without the help of annoying human being.
The idea that characterizes this technology is that the vehicle Volkswagen not only autonomously seek a free parking space but have only seek a charging infrastructure that allows you to charge your battery inductively.
Once you have finished charging, freeing the cargo space and seeks a conventional parking space, all automatically. The name "V-Charge" means "Valet Charge" and shows us the way to the future of the automatic parking.
There are many real-life scenarios to illustrate the advantages of the V-Charge technology. An example would be driving up in front of the parking area, go out and establish the link with your vehicle through the associated application from your smartphone; then fully automatically, the vehicle uses the digital map and related circulates independently by the parking area or parking plants to find a place to park.
If it comes to an electric vehicle, the system also prioritizes those spaces that have automatic loading facility. Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles are identified by the cameras and ultrasound sensors integrated into the vehicle. Therefore, the vehicle is allowed to drive into the so-called "mixed traffic". The selected area does not have to be a closed space, nor any complex technical equipment is required.
When the electric vehicle approaches its destination, the system recognizes through sensors if the local assigned parking space is occupied. The fully autonomous parking maneuver, which positions the vehicle just above the point of inductive load if empty, begins.
When charging is completed, the car is automatically moved to another parking space, leaving free charging station for another electric vehicle. When the driver returns to the parking building, calls his vehicle through the app V-Charge to return to the starting point; then, this is moved to the point of withdrawal defined, so the driver does not even need to enter the park.
The technical requirements for this solution already exist mostly. During the introductory phase, for example, possible to use sensor technologies and cameras currently already being used in production vehicles. The autonomous operation of the test vehicle V-Charge, which is based on a Volkswagen e-Golf, is made possible by a network of sensory devices.
Four wide-angle cameras two 3D cameras twelve ultrasonic sensors, digital map and technology called 'car2x' vehicle for communication with the various infrastructure say around the vehicle are detected and recognized reliably.
Pedestrians, vehicles and obstacles are identified, recognized and measured the parking spaces, and then this flow of data is collected in real time to form an overview. Thus the task to be carried out by the 'sensory organs' technicians is complex and varied.
While continuing tests as part of the research project, V-Charge and work currently done. GPS location independent indoors, measuring centimeter of parking spaces and the recognition of 360 environmental work reliably, and the reactions of the system to pedestrians and vehicles, and the way in which detects traffic moving in the same path of the vehicle or transversely.
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