Parkopedia had another fantastic year in 2019 with continued double digit growth across all of its core business KPIs. In the past 4 years alone, Parkopedia has more than quadrupled its revenue, number of employees and global data and transaction coverage.
Connected and driverless vehicles are here. It is already possible to pay for fuel, movie tickets and of course, parking, without leaving the vehicle. Fully automated valet parking (where the driver exits the vehicle at the entrance to a parking garage and the car parks itself) may have attracted less hype, but because of the lower cost, fewer safety concerns and high demand, is anticipated to be the first fully driverless feature available for mass deployment.
Our Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) team attended the Cenex-Connected Automated Mobility (Cenex-CAM) event on 4-5 September 2019, to demonstrate the progress of our 30-month Autonomous Valet Parking system project.
The CENEX-CAM event takes place at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK, on 4-5 September 2019. Dr Brian Holt will be talking in the Connected Autonomous Vehicles track, on the topic of Why Autonomous Parking will happen first.
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- Motorists are optimising their parking decisions based on cost and distance, and even high earners are looking out for discounts
- More than half of people surveyed want their car navigation system to guide them to parking locations or make personalised parking recommendations
- Motorists in the UK more likely to plan where they will park at least 24 hours in advance
- Motorists in Germany still prefer to pay for parking with cash rather than card
- Men are 52% more likely than women to want their car to park itself
5 June 2019, London - Wiesbaden - Detroit
Parkopedia helped found the AVP consortium because we believe that Autonomous Valet Parking will become an important way in which we can serve our customers, by reducing the hassle of the parking experience. Parkopedia are providing highly detailed mapping data for off-street car parks, one of the critical components to a car being able to successfully park autonomously
Research on self-driving cars has been continuing for more than 30 years, starting with the pioneering work by Ernst Dickmanns on the PROMETHEUS project. A lot of work has taken place since then and is still ongoing, but the question remains: why has the problem of self-driving still not been solved in 30 years?