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Continental teaches vehicles to park Independently

Normally, it is people that have to  learn how to park their cars – and it is certainly not the most popular  task among drivers. Therefore, technology company Continental has  developed a solution, which can, at least, relieve drivers from recurring parking routines. Upon request, the new Trained Parking  function records and stores the sequence of a parking procedure. When the procedure is to be repeated, the driver drives the vehicle  near where the recording began and, at the touch of a button, the  vehicle independently performs the previously learned parking  procedure.

“Parking procedures, such as from the house door into the garage,  show how effective automation already is in vehicles today,”  explained Alfred Eckert, head of Advanced Technology in  Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “When it comes to repeating  processes, automation is already unbeatable in terms of reliability.  Furthermore, the technology is getting ever better at detecting and  handling changing situations.”

For the Trained Parking function, Continental uses sensors already  available in the vehicle, such as cameras and radars, to detect the  surroundings. “Trained Parking is therefore a good example of how  sensor technology in vehicles can efficiently be put to multiple use,”  said Eckert. When learning, i.e. the first time the route is driven  manually, the system generates a precise map of the surroundings  from the sensor data and then stores this map. When the vehicle is in  the area covered by this map, it can determine its precise position  and automatically drive the learned route. The driver can exit the vehicle before activating the parking procedure as the vehicle parks  without driver assistance. In doing so, Trained Parking not only  relieves the driver from a tedious routine, but it also allows vehicles to  park in tight spaces in parking garages without the driver having to  stress about getting out.

Trained Parking will be available in two versions. The variant that will  be presented as part of New Mobility World (Agora, between halls  3 and 4, from September 13 to 24) at the IAA in Frankfurt is partially  automated and still requires supervision by the driver. It works  according to the dead-man’s switch principle, meaning that the 
function is only active as long as the driver continues to press a button on a key or mobile phone. This is expected to be in series  production in 2020. The next development step is the fully automated  variant, which does not require any driver supervision.