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Smartphone Enables Driverless Parking

December 26, 2016

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion have started the joint development of a remote parking system that automatically performs parallel and perpendicular parking as well as garage parking and exit from outside the vehicle through remote control using smartphones. The companies are going to introduce the system to vehicle manufacturers to attain early commercialization.

With vehicle manufacturers and related companies accelerating the development of practical autonomous driving, there is also a need to automate vehicle parking operations. The newly-developed remote parking system is an automatic parking system that combines Clarion's SurroundEye camera monitoring system with Hitachi Automotive Systems' vehicle control units and steering and brake actuator control technology to park a vehicle by remote control using a smartphone.

On the smartphone screen, the system provides a real-time image display of what is around the vehicle as well as the route the vehicle is traveling, enabling the driver to operate the vehicle safely through automatic parking while always knowing about the surroundings. In addition, the smartphone applications employ an interface that is easy to use, with various choices such as perpendicular and parallel parking styles. The system makes it possible to park and de-park an unmanned vehicle, which is particularly useful when parking in small spaces such as garages.

The system is also safe, as a vehicle that is being automatically parked or de-parked can instantly be stopped by a screen operation on the smartphone if the driver detects a possibly dangerous situation. The vehicle itself has an automatic stop function that operates when its sensors detect pedestrians or obstacles in the vicinity.

The remote parking system is the result of the fusion of the highly sophisticated image recognition technology and vehicle control technology honed by the two companies, contributing to further improvements in driver comfort, safety, and convenience. Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion will continue to contribute to the development and widespread use of vehicles equipped with advanced safe driving technology by automotive manufacturers.

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