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January 10, 2018

Hitachi/Clarion team on autonomous parking technology

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion have unveiled Park-by-Memory autonomous parking technology which remembers the environment surrounding users’ home spaces.

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion have unveiled Park-by-Memory autonomous parking technology which remembers the environment surrounding users’ home spaces.

Both companies will aim for initial adoption of the system through proposals to automotive manufacturers.

Park-by-Memory can be used to automatically situate vehicles in frequently used spaces such as at home or at work. The technology combines Clarion’s external recognition technology with steering and brake actuators, as well as integrated vehicle control technology provided by Hitachi.

In order to memorise parking environments and parking patterns, Park-by-Memory integrates bird’s-eye footage provided by SurroundEye, an original camera system by Clarion fitted to left and right sides of the front and back of the vehicle, with detection data on surrounding structures obtained using sonar signals as well as GPS positional information.

This enables vehicles equipped with Park-by-Memory to notify drivers it is possible to park when the vehicle approaches memorised parking spaces. Drivers can initiate autonomous parking by pressing a button in the vehicle, or by using their smartphone app.

Park-by-Memory uses recognition data from SurroundEye to autonomously park in spaces of various shapes, including those only designated by white lines. In addition, the use of existing general vehicle navigation GPS information, rather than using a specialised positional information system, has enabled the technology’s early introduction.

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