Intelligent Parking System Powered by PC-based AGV Parking Robot
Automated guided vehicle (AGVs) are most often used in industrial applications to transport materials around a manufacturing facility or warehouse. In today’s era of the industrial Internet of Things, factories are not only undergoing a fourth industrial revolution, but AGVs are also shifting from automation toward intelligentization, with applications expanding from the factory to the parking lot. Using a Wi-Fi module, laser navigation, and comb-exchange technology, an AGV manufacturer has created an intelligent parking robot that can lift and park a car in just 120 seconds. To ensure the parking robot can accurately receive tasks from the centralized dispatch system and execute commands without collision or accident, a palm-sized, fanless, in-vehicle x86 industrial communication gateways was incorporated.
Furthermore, the UNO-2272G’s lightweight and fanless design ensures that AGVs can be maneuvered smoothly.
Featuring two guidance modes (laser and magnetic tack), Shenzhen Yeefung’s new comb-type intelligent parking AGV can automatically move forward/backwards, turn left/right/around, spin, and perform plane translation and differential drive. However, because of the AGV body’s limited dimensions (4548 mm length x 1773 mm width x 320 mm height), minimal space is available for essential hardware devices. Therefore, the AGV control gateway must be capable of performing complex movement calculations and sufficiently compact to be embedded into long plate vehicles while also featuring vibration, shock, and collision protection.
Although the primary objective of this project was to supply hardware for an intelligent AGV parking system, Advantech also offered added value with its software, which included custom drivers for Wi-Fi and CANbus modules and remote device monitoring software.
- UNO-2272G: Intel® Atom™ J1900 processor, up to 2.41 GHz, with 2 GB of DDR3L memory
- PCM-24S2WF: iDOOR module: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2T2R w/ Bluetooth 4.0, half-size mPCIe, antennas
- PCM-26D2CA: iDOOR module: 2-port isolated CANbus mPCIe, CANopen, DB9
Shenzhen Yeefung Robotics Technology’s intelligent AGV parking robot featuring Advantech’s UNO-2272G communication gateway can generate a massive 40% more parking spaces in congested areas due to its accuracy and help drivers to find a space and slots in just 120 seconds! Currently undergoing testing, Shenzhen Yeefung’s new system is set for deployment at its Nanjing parking lot in 2017. Meanwhile, the company will continue to adopt Advantech products and develop AGVs for other application fields.