Daimler and Bosch Get Approval to Test Driverless Valet Parking

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and Bosch, a global auto supplier, will start valet parking using autonomous driving technology

Daimler and Bosch received approval from local authorities in Stuttgart, Germany, to test an autonomous parking valet system, the companies announced this week.

The testing will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage, using infrastructure provided by Bosch and vehicle technology from Daimler, officials for the companies said.

The parking garage has been fitted with sensors to guide and monitor the vehicles as they park themselves autonomously. A car owner simply uses an app to send their vehicle away to its parking space, and getting the car back is just as simple. No human driver is needed, the companies claim.

The garage’s intelligent system will handle the parking logistics, and the car’s suite of sensors and cameras will remain on the lookout for crossing pedestrians or other obstacles along the way.

It will be the first fully-automated driverless system categorized as Level 4 automation which has been approved for everyday use. Bosch and Daimler have been working together on the development of fully automated driverless parking since 2015.

Daimler and Bosch are not the only companies working on driverless parking features. Earlier this year, Elon Musk said his company was planning to roll out its automated parking feature known as “Enhanced Summon.” 

According to The Verge.

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