Bosch and Daimler have received approval in Germany for a driverless parking system that the companies say is the world’s first fully automated driverless parking function to be approved by authorities. The Stuttgart regional administrative authority and the Baden-Württemberg state transportation ministry approved the application, which will see the system in daily use in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart.
The system will pair Bosch’s infrastructure with Daimler’s vehicle technology to provide a service where cars will be parked without the need for driver intervention. The automated valet parking process can be operated via a smartphone app and has been approved to require no safety driver.
“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,” said Dr. Michael Hafner, the head of drive technologies and automated driving at Daimler AG.
“As a pioneer in automated driving, our project paves the way for automated valet parking to go into mass production in the future.”
The approval for the automated valet system came after an assessment by German technical inspection service TÜV Rheinland. The companies have been developing fully automated driverless parking since 2015, with automated valet parking services in the Mercedes-Benz Museum becoming operational in 2018, but only with a safety driver on board.
“Driverless driving and parking are important building blocks for tomorrow’s mobility,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch. “The automated parking system shows just how far we have already progressed along this development path.”