Daimler and Bosch have realized the true potential of Automated Valet Parking to make parking easier and fun for commuters. Not only autopilot parking saves time, but also provides an efficient use of the available parking space.
The automated valet parking will be accessible to everyone at the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s multi-storey car park from the beginning of 2018. As you can see in the video, you would just have to leave your vehicle in the car park’s drop-off area and initiate the parking command from your smartphone. The Mercedes car will maneuver itself – accelerating, turning, breaking and finally parking it safely. Once you are done with your business and wants to leave the car parking area, you command the car again to pick you up from the designated place and the car performs the same functions.
The premiere of autopilot parking was carried out on 24 July 2017. It was keenly supervised by Stuttgart regional council and the federal state transport ministry – and by appraisers from the TÜV Rheinland technical inspection authority
“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.