Parkopedia complete successful self-driving demo using StreetDrone Twizy at Low Carbon Vehicle Show

At the Low Carbon Vehicle show hosted at Millbrook Proving Ground, Parkopedia successfully demonstrated their latest developments in autonomous parking using their StreetDrone Twizy vehicle.

As part of the government-backed ‘Autonomous Valet Parking’ project, Parkopedia is leveraging the open-source self-driving stack, Autoware, to validate the indoor and outdoor mapping required for complex automated parking. 

At LCV, the StreetDrone Twizy performed several manoeuvres using Parkopedia’s validated versions of the Autoware distribution including: Following pre-defined waypoints to a parking spot, exiting a parking spot to to meet a passenger and finally, emergency braking upon detecting a pedestrian within the intended path.

These demonstrations are a fundamental leap forward for the project, and represent an important milestone in vehicle control using a PID controller for longitudinal (throttle) control and pure-pursuit for lateral (steering) control.

The remaining 13 months will be spent concentrating on localisation and navigation using maps, with a final demonstration planned for Autumn 2020, however this latest development represents a massive step along the way towards a true autonomous parking experience.

StreetDrone is looking forward to continuing to support Parkopedia in their upcoming developments with their StreetDrone Twizy platform. Fore information on the StreetDrone Twizy, please do get in touch.

Gary Mortimer
Author: Gary Mortimer

Founder of the sUAS News Group, the news resource for small drones, I am intrigued by the prospect of Micro Mobility. It has the potential to have a really positive impact on the world. I do feel a little old in this space though!

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