MHI Group begins Phase 2 of demonstration testing of an automated valet parking system using robots

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Systems Ltd have started Phase 2 demonstration testing of an automated valet parking system at Shisui Premium Outlets, a shopping mall in Chiba Prefecture. The system uses automated transportation system (AGV) robots called “Stan” manufactured by Stanley Robotics, a French venture-backed company.

Phase 1 demonstration testing of this automated valet parking system, the first application of its kind in a commercial complex in Japan, took place in June. The initial phase had two core objectives: verifying handling performance with AGV robots and evaluating user satisfaction.

For Phase 2, a newly developed smartphone app has been added to the original system, and testing will focus on verifying the performance of the improved system in automating the four aspects of valet parking: vehicle drop-off, transport to parking lot, parking and delivery, and exit. As in Phase 1, demonstration testing will take place in a designated parking zone at Shisui Premium Outlets, an outlet mall in Chiba Prefecture developed and operated by Mitsubishi Estate-Simon Co Ltd in partnership with Mitsubishi Estate Group. Vehicles belonging to staff associated with the mall will be used.

The use of the advanced automated valet parking system allows for a significant reduction in waiting time when picking up the vehicle, as the user can confirm vehicle readiness and traffic jam status via a smartphone app. User convenience and safety are further enhanced as the vehicle can be dropped off and picked up without human contact, reducing the risk of COVID infection. For the store operator, system deployment creates new value by giving the user additional time to shop and dine within the store complex.

MHI Group said it will apply lessons learned from the demonstration tests to achieve early commercialization and adoption of automated valet parking systems at commercial complexes, airports, amusement parks, hospitals and other large facilities across Japan.

Source: MHI Group

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