- UK’s first connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) parking facility is now under construction in Nuneaton
- Partnership between global engineering firm, HORIBA MIRA and Coventry University will create ‘Trusted Autonomous Parking’ (Park-IT)
- Part of Testbed UK – coordinated by Zenzic, funded by HORIBA MIRA and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), via Innovate UK.
‘Trusted Autonomous Parking’ (Park-IT) is being delivered by Nuneaton-based global engineering firm, HORIBA MIRA, in partnership with Coventry University.
As part of the project, HORIBA MIRA will work with Coventry University to develop a multi-storey car park, on-road parking bays and parking lot environments on its Proving Ground, providing real-world parking situations to support the development of self-parking solutions.
The parking areas will be co-located in the HORIBA MIRA City Circuit, a safe, comprehensible and fully controllable purpose-built ‘cityscape’ test track environment, allowing verification of the transition from an urban driving environment into a dedicated parking facility. The facility will be supported by a ‘digital twin’ so users can replicate parking scenarios in simulation, enabling a wide range of CAV driving and parking scenarios to be tested in a virtual environment before being validated at the facility.
Park-IT is one of eight funded projects that create Testbed UK led by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Zenzic the self-driving UK hub organisation, which was created by Government and industry to accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK.
Self-driving parking will bring significant benefits to the public through the services it will enable, such as autonomous valet parking. In order to realise those benefits, challenges within the self-driving environment – tight locations, restricted visibility, lack of GPS (in covered locations), must be addressed. Park-IT will provide a world-class location to solve those challenges, and test innovative services, in a safe and configurable environment.
This latest activity will play an instrumental role in ensuring the functional performance and safety of self-parking vehicles, as the Government continues to push ahead with its ambition to see autonomous vehicles on public roads at scale, in the foreseeable future.