The world premiere of the automatic parking service of Finnish Unikie, a pioneer in autonomous driving, will be seen at the IAA Mobility 2021 exhibition in Munich, starting today. Unikie is showcasing its automated parking solution with automotive giants BMW, Ford, Jaguar-Land Rover and Mercedes Benz in a joint venture of the German Automobile Industry Association.
Automated Valet Parking (AVP) turns future mobility into an experience as the car will be parked, washed and charged automatically, without a driver. The smart automated parking solution utilizes data and machine learning to park the vehicle completely independently without any assistance from the driver. The system consists of a smart infrastructure created for the parking garage by Unikie, where sensors and cloud computing enable communication between the car and its surroundings. The system works together with the technology and interfaces leading car manufacturers have developed for their vehicles.
“The collaboration is a testament not only to the four carmakers’ confidence in Unikie’s pioneering role as an application developer for self-driving vehicles, but also to the fact that the Finnish technology company has finally established itself as an international automotive partner”, says Seppo Kuula, CEO of Unikie.
In addition to Unikie and leading carmakers, the automated parking service has been developed by technology developer and infrastructure provider CARIAD, automotive software developers BOSCH Mobility Solutions, Continental and Kopernikus Autonomous Driving Solutions, and automotive supplier Valeo.
“Our solution differs from others in that we use lidar for real-time observation of the environment, while in others the solution is based on cameras. In parking garages, the absolute advantage of a lidar is that the solution also works in the dark, unlike cameras”, Kuula explains.
Unikie is a Finnish software technology company that develops technologies for protected real-time processes. Our services concentrate on the crossroads of three global macrotrends – IoE, 5G, and AI, where our technology solutions enable a constant awareness of surroundings, as well as decision-making and control based on it. Our clients include pioneers of real-time data utilization in the automotive industry as well as other industries and telecommunication companies worldwide.
Founded in 2015, Unikie is one of Finland’s fastest growing technology companies. In 2020 our sales were 33 million euros. Our goal for the near future is to keep up our rapid international growth, because the demand for our AI, deep technology and security solutions is increasing rapidly everywhere. At the end of 2020 we received growth capital from Capman Growth and Tesi. We employ over 400 software developers in Sweden, Germany, Poland and the United States. Our clients include Sandvik, Nokia, Valmet and Ponsse.