MHI Group Launches Phase 2 of Demonstration Testing of Automated Valet Parking S… – Press Release


– Newly Developed Smartphone App Enables Full Automation of All Processes from Vehicle Drop-off to Pick-up and Exiting –

– As with Phase 1, testing will take place at an outlet mall in Chiba Prefecture
– The system enhances user convenience and shortens waiting time, enabling more time to enjoy shopping and dining

TOKYO, Nov 18, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Systems, Ltd. today launched Phase 2 of demonstration testing of an automated valet parking system at Shisui Premium Outlets’, an outlet mall located in Chiba Prefecture. The system employs automated guided vehicle (AGV) robots, dubbed “Stan,” manufactured by Stanley Robotics, a French venture-backed company.

Automated valet parking

Phase 1 of the demonstration testing of this automated valet parking system, the first application of its kind in a commercial complex in Japan, took place in June 2022(1). The initial phase had two core aims: to verify handling performance using AGV robots, and to evaluate user satisfaction. For Phase 2, the original system has been upgraded with the addition of a newly developed smartphone app, and testing will focus on verifying the enhanced system’s performance in automating the four aspects of valet parking: vehicle drop-off, transportation to the parking space, parking, and delivery and exiting. As in Phase 1, the demonstration testing will take place in a designated parking zone at Shisui Premium Outlets, an outlet mall in Chiba Prefecture developed and operated by Mitsubishi Estate-Simon Co., Ltd., with cooperation from Mitsubishi Estate Group. Vehicles of personnel affiliated with the mall will be used.

Deployment of the enhanced automated valet parking system enables significant reduction in waiting time at vehicle pick-up, as the user can confirm the vehicle’s readiness and the congestion status by smartphone app. User convenience and safety are further enhanced as the vehicle can be dropped off and…