UrbanSmartPark

Vehicle automation as an enabler for future customer-centric parking-related services

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The project UrbanSmartPark uses emerging trends in the mobility sector as vehicle automation, electrification as well as the demand for convenient mobility by aiming to design and implement customer-centric parking-related services. With the parking process of today with no added value but causing congestion and emissions and occupying public space, the field offers possibilities to propose added value to not only vehicle users but also city authorities and vehicle providers. In particular, vehicle automation is a door-opener for innovative services and new business models which are being elaborated during the project. Demonstrations of possible future applications of automated parking are shown to the public at city level contributing to a positive external view of this technology. In parallel, services with a high technology-readiness level are designed as the commercialization of these services through a services platform is as well part of the project scope. With an interdisciplinary consortium with partners from industry, academia and cities from four different countries, the project contributes to a change of the parking process as we know it today.

UrbanSmartPark focusses on the development and pilot demonstration of automated vehicles that simplify driverless on-street inner-city parking and provide a broad range of possibilities for parking-related services. The vision can be narrowed down to the two main objectives:

 

Objective 1: Customer-centric services design and business models

 

Based on extensive market analyses and customer studies considering cultural characteristics, customer-centric services are created with one focus set on services enabled through vehicle automation. According to the services concept, suitable business models are elaborated and put into practice for the commercialization of market-ready services. All services will be provided to the customer by a platform-based solution being open to further service providers.

 

Objective 2: Implementation and demonstration of automated on-street parking and services enabled though automation

 

The demonstration of automated-on-street parking and its services is part of the project plan to outreach to citizens in order to increase technology understanding and technology acceptance. Above that, functional and legal requirements for a future commercialization of vehicle automation are derived. Traffic simulations are established in parallel to prototypical implementations to show the long-term effects on public space and traffic flow when including vehicle automation in the parking domain.

Project duration: 2020-01-01 – 2021-12-31

 

2020: Year 1 of the work plan sets focus on a prototypical implementation of automated on-street parking and parking-related services and a market preparation, providing all necessary information for the ensuing commercialization.

 

2021: For year 2, the commercialization of services and research results (“From lab to market”) are targeted. The developed services are being launched to first test markets in Hamburg and Helmond. Knowledge received from prototypical implementations are transferred to platform-based, OEM-independent solutions and narrowed down to blueprints.

 

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The contents are developed within the four work packages use-case definition, business models & services, functional development and validation, testing and demonstration with their interconnecting dependencies depicted in the figure.

Project partners

Industry

  • ŠKODA AUTO
  • Siemens Industry Software and Services B.V.
  • Altran Technologie

 

Academia

  • Technische Universität Braunschweig, NFF Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik: Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS; Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS
  • UTIA Institute of Information Theory and Automatio
  • ČVUT: Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU)

 

Cities

  • Hamburg
  • Helmond