Car parks operator Apcoa Parking and Here Technologies, a location data and technology platform, have partnered for a digital parking initiative which could pave the way for autonomous valet parking services in the medium term.
The two companies will build a joint parking solution for smart cities, car makers and mobility service providers.
They aim to enhance Apcoa’s almost 10,000 sites across 13 European countries with location data and services on the Here platform. Additional clients could include fleet operators, smart logistics and Tier 1 suppliers.
“With our complementary strengths in parking and location technology, a partnership between Apcoa and Here is really a natural fit”, said Jorgen Behrens, chief product officer at Here Technologies.
Both companies are also looking to kickstart a joint initiative for the creation of HD 3D indoor maps of car parks across Europe, enabling the development of new services like autonomous valet parking and pre-booking of parking spaces for seamless end-to-end routing as well as augmented reality-related experiences for end users.
“We are very excited to join forces with Here to enhance the mobility experience of drivers across Europe with seamless digital parking services”, added Frank van der Sant, chief commercial officer at Apcoa. “The development of HD 3D maps of our car parks for indoor navigation will be a real first-to-market innovation made available on a larger scale.”