Mercedes-Benz and Bosch Develop Automated Valet Parking

Giancarlo Perlas July 25, 2017

Have you ever felt exasperated with the thought of looking for a parking space for your car? This is especially exhausting when you are looking for a space in a highly populated and urbanized area. New York, for example, is notorious for its inability to accommodate private vehicles and its high parking fees.

But if these reports are to be believed, it looks like the Mercedes-Benz and Bosch partnership is at the cusp of something inevitable—autonomous parking system. Looking for a parking space is not the only problem that most car owners face every day, they would also have to battle with the issue of “the last mile,” meaning the distance the driver must travel from where his car is parked to where he’s supposed to be dropped off. Can you imagine how annoying this is when it’s raining cats and dogs?

In 2018, visitors with a properly equipped vehicle can enjoy this parking solution from Bosch and Daimler when they visit the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Called the automated valet, customers will then be able to use their smartphones to park their cars.

All they have to do is to pull up to the drop-off point, get out of the car, select a spot from an app on your phone, and let the car park itself. Don’t worry, there will always be an open space because a specific space is allotted for your car. Once you are ready to leave, go to the same place where you dropped yourself off and call the car by simply tapping on your smartphone.

Both the system and the parking structure have been designed by Bosch and Daimler to direct the cars and gather the data. The data will be used to improve this new technology from Bosch and Daimler.

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