Never park again!
Although a multitude of partly automated assistant systems support the driver even during parking, this is still some way off full automatization. Here is where Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH join forces: With sophisticated vehicle technology and an intelligent valet car parking infrastructure.
At the end of July, “Automated Valet Parking“ celebrated its premiere: In the multi-story car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, featuring the automated parking service via smartphone and entirely without a driver. No need to supervise the maneuver – time and effort for parking is no longer necessary. The car park operator is pleased too: Their parking space is used more efficiently; up to 20 percent more vehicles fit the same area.
The pilot project in the multi-story car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is considered to be the world’s first infrastructure-supported solution for an automated parking service in real traffic. From the beginning of 2018, guests in the museum car park will be able to experience the revolutionary service at first hand.
We are approaching autonomous driving faster than many people suspect. The driverless parking solution at the Mercedes-Benz Museum demonstrates in impressive fashion just how far the technology has come.
And this is how it works: With the smartphone app anyone will be able to reserve a car, which then drives into the “pick-up area” autonomously. The vehicle is then started and directed to a free parking space. The return of the vehicle takes place through the “drop-off area” where the car is set down and returned via app. The scheme is comparable to a remote-controlled model vehicle. The only difference: The directions come from the technology.
Sensors installed in the car park monitor the driving corridors and steer the vehicle. The technology on-board the car puts the commands from the car park infrastructure into effect. In order to stop the car if necessary, safety is very crucial in the course of this.
Both the communication technology and the sensors for the car park infrastructure are made available by Bosch, Daimler brings the pilot vehicles and the museum car park. Together they define the interfaces between the infrastructure and the vehicle. Here, Daimler also adapts sensors and software to the vehicle accordingly. Never park again – soon no longer just a dream!