The Baden-Württemberg authorities has approved the Automated Valet Parking in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart. It’s a collaboration between Bosch and Daimler, which has resulted in the world’s first fully automated driverless parking facility.
The pilot project started a couple of years back under the watchful eyes of the German certification authority TÜV Rheinland from the outset, to ensure the safety of the driverless parking service.
With the parking garage infrastructure supplied by Bosch and automotive technology by Mercedes-Benz, all the driver has to do is to drive into the parking garage, get out of the car, use the app from a smartphone to send the car to a parking space, and the car will drive itself to a designated parking space.
Conveniently, the car can also be called upon by using the smartphone app and it will drive itself back to the drop-off point to be collected by the driver.
To make this possible, the parking garage is fitted with sensors by Bosch that communicates with the car, allowing the car to manoeuvre itself within the garage.
Turquoise lighting indicates that the car is in automated driving mode and informs passers-by and other road users that the car is driving itself. If the infrastructure sensors detect an obstacle, the car stops immediately.
Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH says, “Driverless driving and parking are important building blocks for tomorrow’s mobility. The automated parking system shows just how far we have already progressed along this development path.”
“As a pioneer in automated driving, our project paves the way for automated valet parking to go into mass production in the future.”, added Dr. Michael Hafner, the head of drive technologies and automated driving at Daimler AG.