Sunday, August 3, 2014

Exclusive: automatic parking system for electric cars –

3 August 2014, 14:57 Clock

With tires squealing stops a car in front of the main entrance of the Stuttgart airport. Jumps out of the driver, the suitcase on the right and his plane ticket in his left hand, and runs with long strides to the terminal. Obviously he is in a hurry. The now empty car – it is an electric vehicle – is orphaned at the curb edge. All of a sudden it is made up of itself in motion, drives the nearest car park, there occupied a reserved free space for electric cars with charging station and gets fresh stream there. Everything was done completely automatically.

What sounds like science fiction, it is. But at least in a few years it will be so far: drivers can then allow to stand in front of the car park their car and start using a smartphone app the parking process. The onboard computer of the vehicle connects to the car park server and directs the vehicle to the designated parking area. It can also be programmed so that it while it is parked in the car park, self-charging at a charging station. On his return, the driver takes his vehicle using the same app again – fully charged and ready to go

at the Stuttgart airport successful tests have been carried out.. The system, which will be operational in the next few years, the EU supports 5.6 million euros. Elaborated the concept, the V-batch consortium with scientists from Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland (

The responsible for the Digital Agenda European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: ‘We have to think ahead and find intelligent ways we move, saving time and money and protect our environment. Who would not want to save time while parking his car? We need to explore and find out how we can combine them in terms of practical solutions new technologies. The V-charge system moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to use it.

Paul Furgale, scientific project of V-Charge and Deputy Director of the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, adds: ‘The idea is that we humans with the help of technology provide the opportunity to better combine public and private transportation with each other

Because GPS satellite signals do not always work within parking garages. The scientists have developed a camera-guided system that is based on their expertise in the areas of robotics and environment perception. The safety is the focus of the project: The car is programmed so that it evades unexpected obstacles. Dr. Furgale believes that this technology can be used to develop autonomous parking systems for electric cars for use in city traffic. ,, That would be an even bigger challenge, he says. ,, But as soon as the maps are created, the rest of the technology fits into the system.

The V-batch project is supported by the EU under the robotics investment promotion. In order to maintain the EU’s leadership in this strategic area, the European Commission has launched a equipped with 2.8 bilion EUR public-private partnership called SPARC ( launched in June , the support from the new EU program for research and innovation, Horizon 2020 ( receives. (Amonet / hrr)

This article from the category environment was published by Hans-Robert Richarz on 08/03/2014, 14:57 o `clock.

Keywords: Technology & Transport, Environment & Transport, V, Carge, Horizon 2000, automatic loading, Stuttgart

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