Cars in the near future could drive themselves to a multi-storey car park, find a space and return to their owners at a push of a button, thanks to new technology being developed at the University of Surrey.
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Innovate UK has awarded a multi-million grant to the Autonomous Valet Parking project which will be led by Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), Parkopedia (the world’s leading parking services provider) and Transport Systems Catapult. The project will start in April 2018 – with a target to produce a live demonstration within two and a half years.
Many self-driving cars use LiDAR technology that is currently too expensive for mass market use. CVSSP will only be using standard cameras and its computer vision techniques to get around many of the challenges autonomous cars face today – and they will be presenting their work at the prestigious International Conference on Robotic and Automation in Brisbane, Australia, in May.
Professor Richard Bowden, Professor of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, said: “We are delighted to have received this support from Innovate UK to pursue this ambitious project that could have a considerable impact on people’s lives.
“This is an exciting opportunity to build on our recent work on semantic localisation – a technique which uses artificial intelligence and will allow the cars to perceive the world in a similar way as we do.”
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