Momenta, a self-driving startup based in Suzhou and Beijing, recently showcased its Mpilot autonomous parking and highway driving system during a test drive in Suzhou.
The technology makes parking easier for drivers to park their vehicles. Once the driver has pulled up to their desired location, exits the vehicle and activates Mpilot Parking with their smartphone. From there, the vehicle can safely drive itself to an open parking spot. And when the driver is ready to retrieve their car, they can summon it from their smartphone. The vehicle uses the same process to navigate back to where the driver is waiting.
Mpilot Parking relies on high-definition maps, as well as cameras and ultrasonic sensors running on NVIDIA DRIVE, to process data from the vehicle’s camera and ultrasonic sensors in real time, and hence identify available parking spaces and seamlessly navigate parking structures. The platform enables Momenta to run these automated systems on one unified architecture. To navigate underground and multi-level garages where GPS can’t operate, it uses its vision-based localization, achieving accuracy within 10 centimeters.
Mpilot Highway Driving System allows vehicles to operate autonomously on highways. With NVIDIA DRIVE running Mpilot software, the system can operate a car at highway speeds, changing lanes, slowing and accelerating with traffic, and managing onramps and offramps.
To initiate lane changes, it claims to be able to accurately measure the speed and position of each car in the adjacent lane and predicts the space available to merge, accelerating or decelerating accordingly. The same process applies to exiting or entering highway ramps. Drivable space is compared with localization data on a high-definition map, and speed is adjusted to safely maneuver.
Source: Press Release