Va­leo, Cisco part­ner for smart, au­ton­o­mous park­ing

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Va­leo and Cisco have signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment to de­velop strate­gic in­no­va­tions in smart mo­bil­ity ser­vices. Cy­ber Valet Ser­vices, a project re­sult­ing from their col­lab­o­ra­tion, is be­ing un­veiled at this year’s Viva Tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence in Paris. This unique so­lu­tion, de­vel­oped by two ma­jor strate­gi­cally aligned tech play­ers, now en­ables ve­hi­cles equipped with Va­leo Park4U Auto tech­nol­ogy to park safely and au­tonomously, i.e., with­out a driver on board, in con­nected car parks.

The driver sim­ply gets out of his/her ve­hi­cle at the car park en­trance and ac­ti­vates the au­to­matic park­ing sys­tem us­ing a smart­phone. The ve­hi­cle then con­tin­ues its jour­ney in au­to­matic mode un­til it has fin­ished park­ing. In just a few clicks, it can be set in mo­tion again to meet the driver at the des­ig­nated pick-up point in the car park.

The ve­hi­cle drives it­self in­side the car park by com­bin­ing the power of au­to­matic park­ing tech­nolo­gies (Va­leo Park4UAuto), Va­leo on-board telem­at­ics and se­cure key sys­tems (Va­leo InBlue) with Cisco Park­ing Con­troller tech­nolo­gies, which equip car parks with Wi-Fi, video sen­sors and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence-based so­lu­tions.

The ve­hi­cle’s sen­sors, to­gether with the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the equip­ment in­stalled in the car park, al­low the ve­hi­cle to per­ceive its en­vi­ron­ment with an ex­tremely high level of ac­cu­racy and an­tic­i­pate and cal­cu­late its jour­ney at any time up to the com­ple­tion of the park­ing ma­neu­ver. The ve­hi­cle is able to nav­i­gate com­plex park­ing fa­cil­i­ties in to­tal safety, even multi-story garages, by pro­cess­ing all of the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion with the help of an in­te­grated GPS ser­vice and the ve­hi­cle’s own sen­sors.

Indigo, the lead­ing provider of park­ing ser­vices and in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions, is the first to in­te­grate the new ser­vice, which is cur­rently be­ing in­tro­duced at the Camille Des­moulins park­ing garage in Issy-lesMoulin­eaux, France. Part­ner­ing with OPnGO to bun­dle its pay­ment ap­pli­ca­tion and bar­rier-free plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy into the Cy­ber Valet Ser­vices of­fer­ing, Indigo helps its cus­tomers save valu­able time. The user jour­ney be­gins even be­fore en­ter­ing the car park.

The Va­leo/Cisco Cy­ber Valet Ser­vices co-in­no­va­tion project is giv­ing im­pe­tus to ur­ban mo­bil­ity im­prove­ments by open­ing up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for users. In ad­di­tion to the space freed up by op­ti­mized park­ing, equipped car parks will be able to pro­vide cus­tomers with con­ve­nient new ser­vices such as au­to­matic car wash­ing, main­te­nance and au­to­mated elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing. For ve­hi­cle fleet man­agers, this ser­vice will op­ti­mise car park use by re­duc­ing the time it takes to drop off and pick up ve­hi­cles.

Jac­ques Aschen­broich, Va­leo’s Chair­man and CEO said, “Va­leo’s goal is to de­velop tech­nolo­gies for ev­ery­one that re-imag­ine mo­bil­ity to make it smoother, safer and more in­tu­itive. Va­leo’s Park4UAuto tech­nol­ogy has al­ready been in­te­grated into more than 12 mil­lion ve­hi­cles world­wide. Our part­ner­ship with Cisco is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to show how our tech­nolo­gies are ca­pa­ble of trans­form­ing ur­ban mo­bil­ity ser­vices sus­tain­ably and for the bet­ter. I would like to thank the teams at Va­leo and Cisco who worked to make this project pos­si­ble.” Robert Vas­soyan, CEO of Cisco France said, “With the in­no­va­tive Cy­ber Valet Ser­vices project, we can cur­rently con­nect mil­lions of park­ing spa­ces in to­tal safety. We are pleased and proud to combine our ex­per­tise, tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions and re­sources with those of Va­leo to to­gether pro­vide cities and their res­i­dents with new dig­i­tal ser­vices. Part­ner­ing with a ma­jor French com­pany fur­ther il­lus­trates our de­sire to work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the en­tire ecosys­tem and our abil­ity to co-in­no­vate as we pur­sue our com­mit­ment to ac­cel­er­at­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.”

Sébastien Fraisse, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Indigo France, added: “Com­mit­ted to meet­ing park­ing and in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity needs, our Group is con­stantly in­no­vat­ing in ser­vices to pro­vide our cus­tomers with a seam­less, turnkey so­lu­tion that rein­vents the park­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This am­bi­tious project puts park­ing firmly at the cen­ter of a new wave of change and re­newal, par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to driv­ing prac­tices. In lock step with the rise of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, car parks will un­dergo their own trans­for­ma­tion to match the pre­vail­ing trends, de­vel­op­ing a host of new ser­vices de­signed to con­tin­u­ally sim­plify the cus­tomer jour­ney, while also de­liv­er­ing high added value. Projects of this kind are paving the way for di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing in how car parks are used.”

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