In future, Bosch and Daimler will be able to use their fully automated parking function ‘Automated Valet Parking’ in the multi-storey car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The driverless parking system will collect and deliver the vehicle independently.
Bosch and Daimler have received approval for their automated parking system in the parking garage of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The parking service is to be accessed via a smartphone app and will not require a security driver. This makes it the first driverless parking function approved for everyday use. However, because there will be no suitable production vehicles in the foreseeable future, only special Mercedes prototypes will be used for the time being.
Driverless parking technology
The self-parking function is activated via a smartphone app, whereupon the car automatically moves to a free parking space. Bosch sensors in the multi-storey car park monitor the corridor and its surroundings and provide information for controlling the vehicle. If the infrastructure sensors detect an obstacle, the car stops.
Visitors to the museum have been able to experience the parking service since 2018 - but trained security personnel have been on site so far. Now that it has been officially approved, this is no longer necessary and the parking system will operate without a driver in future. Initially, the number of participating test vehicles is to remain manageable; in the long term, the technology is to be commercialised and made available to everyone. The prerequisite is the right equipment in the vehicle. However, the legal basis for this is still lacking.
The safety of driverless parking
The pilot project was accompanied by experts from TÜV Rheinland and local authorities, as no approval procedures have yet been established for driverless parking functions. The result is a safety concept with corresponding approval criteria that can also be applied beyond the pilot project.
In it, the developers defined how the driverless vehicle detects pedestrians and other cars in the lane and reliably stops in the event of an obstacle. In addition, secure communication between all system components and reliable activation of the parking process have been implemented.
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