Autonomous Parking using a Highly Maneuverable Robotic Vehicle
Authors: Schaub, Alexander and Ramirez de la Cruz, Juan Carlos and Burschka, Darius
19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Cape Town, South Africa
This work presents a novel autonomous parking concept for a four wheel-steerable robotic electric vehicle called ROboMObil (ROMO). Its extraordinary maneuverability, including rotations and lateral driving, and its capability of autonomous driving is demonstrated in the application of parallel parking. The whole process is described starting with the perception to identify a suitable parking spot in the near environment, planning the maneuver, and executing it autonomously. The proposed parking method is free of assumptions and does not use any information about the environment from an external source. Test results with the real vehicle are presented to show the feasibility of the concept.