Japan-based global Tier 1 automotive supplier Denso Corp. has established the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, a U.S. research and development (R&D) center designed to strengthen open innovation and enhance technology development that enables automated driving.

Pittsburgh has emerged as a U.S. hub for autonomous driving research, thanks primarily to research from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to Denso, Aptiv, Uber, and Aurora have facilities there. Argo AI, an autonomous startup primarily owned by Ford and Volkswagen, also calls Pittsburgh home.

At the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, Denso will conduct research to achieve Level-4 automated driving (the car manages all driving tasks but still has a steering wheel and other controls; human drivers can take over operations if they choose to) and develop the elemental technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), to make it possible.

In recent years, Denso has established six advanced R&D centers in four countries (United States, Israel, Canada, and Finland) and promoted open innovation activities with universities, research institutes, and startups. Together, these Denso R&D centers and collaborative projects give the company opportunities to attract top talent, rapidly identify and work with new partners, and develop solutions that will make future mobility cleaner, greener, and more efficient. https://www.denso.com

Ford, Bosch, Bedrock partner on autonomous parking

Real estate company Bedrock has installed Bosch connectivity equipment in one of its Detroit-area garages, allowing connected Ford Escape crossovers to park themselves inside.

“We are continually searching for opportunities to expand our leading suite of Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technologies that help people drive more confidently and we believe automated valet parking technology holds great promise,” says Ken Washington, chief technology officer at Ford. “Our work with Bosch and Bedrock also aligns with our vision for the future, which includes increasingly automated vehicles that are more aware of their surroundings.”

The demonstration project is on the ground floor of Bedrock’s Assembly Garage, the real estate developer’s first residential redevelopment project in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood where Ford is building a massive research and development (R&D) center.

Heather Wilberger, chief information officer at Bedrock, says “In addition to drastically reducing park time, we see this solution as the first step to bringing automated parking to our city, providing the ultimate convenience for our tenants, visitors, neighborhoods, and residents.”

The Ford test vehicles connect to Bosch’s vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) parking infrastructure. Sensors recognize and localize the vehicle to guide its parking maneuver, including the ability to help avoid pedestrians and other hazards.

“For Bosch, automated valet parking brings together our deep cross-domain experience in mobility and building technologies to deliver a smart infrastructure solution that improves everyday life,” says Bosch North America President Mike Mansuetti.

Upon arriving into the garage, a driver will leave the vehicle in a designated area and use an app to send the vehicle into an automated parking maneuver. Drivers will also use the app to request the vehicle to return to the pick-up area, expediting the parking experience and removing the responsibility of finding the vehicle upon return to the garage. https://www.ford.com; https://www.bedrockdetroit.com; https://www.bosch.com