Daimler and Bosch partner on autonomous valet system
Autonomous car parking system at Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany, will allow visitors to drive sensor-equipped vehicles up to the drop-off zone
Daimler and Bosch are developing an autonomous valet car parking system for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, that will allow to reserve cars, take them for a spin and then simply drive up to the drop-off zone, leave their vehicle, and watch it drive away by itself.
The valet system will become available to museum visitors from 2018, and will be based on on-board sensors in the vehicles provided by Mercedes-Benz working in concert with sensory infrastructure supplied by Bosch and installed through the museum’s multi-story parking facility.
The sensors will allow the system to sense where the vehicles are located in the facility, where they can find a spot and park, and react to objects, such as pedestrians, in their path.
The system will undergo a lengthy trial phase, and local regulators will also be involved in monitoring its progress. The system will then need sign-off from safety agencies and local government before it goes into full pilot operation, which is planned for the beginning of next year.
The ultimate goal of the project is to find out how people react to having automated parking services available, and how they use the service.
Bosch and Daimler noted that it’s possible to retrofit existing parking structures with similar tech, and that such systems could lead to up to 20% rise in efficiency in the use of their available capacity – by eliminating the spacing typically reserved for drivers to access the vehicles.
The system is another way autonomous tech could change the face of contemporary cities without requiring extensive infrastructure replacement, the companies stated.
In the future, when cars are equipped with fully autonomous driving capabilities, such systems could be rolled out across public parking facilities by installing the necessary infrastructure.