NTT DATA, Valeo and Embotech have formed a consortium called VEN.AI to provide automated parking solutions for car manufacturers.
VEN.AI offers an infrastructure-based solution that guides vehicles to a dedicated parking spot using sensors, connectivity and offboard computing.
This allows for the implementation of automated parking solutions in various settings including assembly plants, vehicle fleet depots, retail surfaces and parking garages. The consortium is initially focusing on manufacturing-specific use cases to increase the efficiency of assembly lines by automatically guiding vehicles from one production station to another, saving on time and costs.
Valeo is responsible for supplying the necessary technology, including sensors, to detect and locate cars in the parking area and understand the surrounding environment. This information is then used by algorithms to accurately guide the car to an available parking space.
The system has been designed to meet high safety and availability standards, including the use of Embotech’s PRODRIVER, a SAE L4 virtual driver designed to provide fully flexible, human-like driving.
“We are excited to participate in this automated valet parking project alongside NTT DATA and Embotech,” said Marc Vrecko, President, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group, Valeo. “Fully automated parking is growing, due to the increasing demand of our customers, and Valeo has all the assets to respond to this market: we have the most comprehensive sensor portfolio on the market, offering the vehicle a complete vision. And having precise perception is key to ensuring vehicles are safely and efficiently parked.”
“VEN.AI proves that autonomous driving, when employed in the proper context, has an immediate business case with the potential to disrupt the future of automotive manufacturing and distribution,” said Andreas Kyrtatos, CEO, Embotech. “This venture has innovation at its core and is dedicated to bringing sustainable autonomy to automotive manufacturing and distribution.”
“VEN.AI is an example of the investments NTT DATA is making to drive efficiency and productivity toward Industry 4.0 for our clients in the automotive industry,” said Prasoon Saxena, President of Manufacturing, NTT DATA Services. “With innovations from NTT DATA including advances in Edge computing, network monitoring and advanced connectivity, VEN.AI will make mobility much easier and energy efficient for consumers, car manufacturers and more.”
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