Leading Secure Autonomous Driving Development

The Energy ECS project will build six use cases that represent different angles on future mobility and energy. Unikie leads one use case.



Energy ECS project is an extensive 3-year project that develops smart and secure energy solutions for future mobility and green energy transition. The project has a total of 30 partners from eight European countries and an overall budget of 33 M€. It is co-financed via the ECSEL Joint Undertaking of the EU Horizon 2020, national funding agencies of the participating countries, and the consortium partners. The project is coordinated by TietoEVRY and consists of 16 small and mid-sized enterprises, eight large enterprises, and six research and technology organisations from Finland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

Unikie takes Automated Valet Parking tech to electric busses

Unikie participates in the Energy ECS project by leading one of the six use cases. The use case aims to develop safe autonomous driving technology for closed areas with software development and LiDAR based sensing. The solution utilizes Automated Valet/Factory Parking technology to remotely plan and control the movement of multiple buses in real time using a centralized and automated vehicle mission control platform.

The buses themselves do not need to have capabilities for autonomous driving. The AVP/AFP solution can control vehicles and buses utilizing HD Mapping and Sensor Fusion from multiple infrastructure sensors for highly accurate localization and positioning, and Edge Computing to relay the maneuvering commands to a bus through a secure network connection. As a result, electric buses can be driven safely and autonomously by the infrastructure to charging stations at a bus depot area, including safe approaching and charging. Furthermore, the use case includes testing of the components on Unikie’s own test cars in Finland and demonstration of the system in real environment in Strætó’s bus depot in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Live at the IAA Mobility 2021 - showcase for interoperbility

At the IAA Mobility 2021, Unikie will be presenting its solution for Automated Valet Parking along with major automotive TIER1 technology providers such as BOSCH, Valeo and Continental. All developed systems and environments must work together with all the participating OEMs vehicles – BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. Automated Valet Parking has been demoed in the past, but what makes this showcase special is the interoperability between multiple car brands, car models and systems. It is the very first time we get to see interoperability in action.

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