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Bosch and Mercedes-Benz demonstrate Automated Valet Parking

Carmakers across the globe are spending tons of money developing autonomous tech lately, just click on the tag at the bottom of this article, you’ll know. Now, Daimler and Bosch has teamed up to demonstrate driverless parking (Automated Valet Parking) in a multi-storey car park at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

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At the drop-off/pick-up area, the user locates a designated parking spot via the smartphone app, and clicks on the Park button. The Bosch systems installed at the parking spot and the driveways will guide the car, and the car safely proceeds to its designated spot whilst avoiding any collision with another car or people.

Mercedes says that the pilot project at the multi-storey car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is the world’s first infrastructure-based solution for an automated drive-up and parking service in real-life. From the beginning of 2018, visitors to the museum’s multi-storey car park will be able to experience the service at first hand.

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Sensors installed in the car park monitor the driving corridor and its surroundings and steer the vehicle. The technology on board the car performs safe driving manoeuvres in response to the commands from the car park infrastructure and stops the vehicle in good time when necessary. The sensors for the multi-storey car park infrastructure and the communications technology come from Bosch.

“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,” said Dr Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“Parking will be an automated process in the future. By applying an intelligent multi-storey car park infrastructure and networking it with vehicles, we have managed to realise driverless parking substantially earlier than planned,” said Gerhard Steiger, Director of the Chassis Systems Control unit at Bosch.

Mercedes says that the project has been overseen from the outset by Stuttgart regional council, federal state transport ministry, and the TÜV Rheinland technical inspection authority. Before the driverless customer service goes into operation at the beginning of 2018, final approval will be required from the licensing authority.

Bosch and Mercedes-Benz intend to use this project to acquire experience regarding users’ handling of automated valet parking. Other existing multi-storey car parks can be retrofitted with the infrastructure technology.

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