Hyundai-Kia Presents Automated Valet Parking & Charging Concept

JAN 6 2019 BY MARK KANE 7

The concept is ready, but implementation will take years.

Hyundai and Kia jointly unveiled a concept of Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), which combines autonomous driving and wireless charging.

Hyundai Motor Group (which owns both brands) would like to offer a convenience to drivers who are faced with overcrowding of both parking and charging locations. EVs with AVPS would be capable of:

  • cruise to a vacant wireless charging station (or parking space)
  • relocate to another vacant parking space when charged (allowing other vehicles to charge at the spot)
  • autonomously return to the location of the driver (summoned by the driver using a smartphone)

“Hyundai and Kia are considering on commercializing the technology upon the launch of level 4 autonomous vehicle around year 2025. Hyundai and Kia also plan to commercialize autonomous vehicles in various smart cities from 2021 with a goal of launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2030.”

It would be cool to introduce such a system but we would like to see some kind of open-standard for all manufacturers, which would more likely encourage property owners to implement it. Parking facilities will be vital part of the system, according to the press release:

“The overall process is performed by continuous communication between electric vehicle, parking facility, charging system and driver. The parking facility sends location of empty parking spaces and charging stations, while the charging system updates the charging status of the vehicle in real-time.”

Popularization and standardization of wireless charging is a separate topic.

Hyundai and Kia Self Parking Concept
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7 Comments on "Hyundai-Kia Presents Automated Valet Parking & Charging Concept"

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For fully automated charging, I see even less motivation to forgo the plug than for manual…

What happens when the other cars aren’t white?

I see what you did there.. (well done)

Later on they are going to automate the Nexo fool cell filling with a simple valet boy in pressurized armored suit. It will be cheaper, no?

I have to chuckle at the manufacturers that have all these grand ideas WAY beyond building a simple, good EV. Why not focus on the vehicle first (Step 1), see if that works out, and then start working on Step 10?

Wireless charging would be epic, and no need to look for a parking spot would be a huge time saver .

I hope that is an optional feature. I don’t have problem charging my ev at home overnight. I don’t want to pay for that valet thing. I am OK with just parking my car in the closest spot like all the other ICE.
When autopilot is mandatory or really cheap, I will pay for it. Otherwise, I don’t need autopilot either.