Bosch and German multinational automotive corporation Daimler have obtained approval for their automated parking system in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart.
The automated valet parking service is accessed via a smartphone app and requires no safety driver.
In a recent press release Bosch said that the approval makes the service the world’s first fully automated driverless SAE Level 4 parking function to be officially approved for everyday use.
Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH said, ‘This decision by the authorities shows that innovations like automated valet parking are possible in Germany first.’
‘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,’ added Heyn.
Dr. Michael Hafner, the head of drive technologies and automated driving at Daimler added, ‘This approval from the Baden-Württemberg authorities sets a precedent for obtaining approval in the future for the parking service in parking garages around the world.’
According to Bosch the automated technology means that once the driver has left the parking garage to go about their business, the car drives itself to an assigned space and parks. Later, the car returns to the drop-off point in exactly the same way.
This process relies on the interplay between the intelligent parking garage infrastructure supplied by Bosch and Mercedes-Benz automotive technology. Bosch sensors in the parking garage monitor the driving corridor and its surroundings and provide the information needed to guide the vehicle.