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