[THE INVESTOR] Hyundai Motor Group -- parent firm of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors -- on Dec. 28. unveiled a 3D graphic video of its Automated Valet Parking System, a next-generation concept of smart self-parking technology.
The system was developed by its auto parts affiliate Hyundai Mobis, which had in February developed its own Remote Smart Parking Assist, by which users can park using a remote control. While RSPA requires a remote control using a smart key, AVPS is a more advanced technology that enables electric vehicles to park and charge automatically.
“We will work on developing various self-driving technologies so that customers can experience autonomous cars in a more convenient and safe way,” a company official said.
The video showcased by the company shows an EV navigating an empty parking lot and charges wirelessly using magnetic induction -- EV wireless charging system -- after dropping off a passenger.
Through AVPS, a fully charged EV can move to a general parking lot and park by itself. In addition, the self-parking cars can whisk drivers off to the destination in their autonomous cars by using a smartphone app.
With the rise of EVs, the new system makes it more convenient for drivers to charge their cars as it can detect charging and parking spaces which are already occupied, the company said.
The new system is based on “connectivity technology” between vehicles, parking lots, charging facilities and drivers. Parking facilities send the information on empty parking or charging spaces to vehicles, which can be retrieved by drivers even if the car battery is drained.
The carmaker is considering the possibility of adopting self-parking functions in self-driving cars by 2025.
The video can be watched on HMG TV, the company’s official media platform, and its social media accounts.
By Lee So-jeong (firstname.lastname@example.org)