When everyone (Uber, Tesla) is busy experimenting with driverless cars, Daimler and Bosch have come up with a solution to park the vehicle. One more step towards easing a person’s daily routine by replacing it with technology. The automated valet parking was demonstrated at the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart, Germany on July 24th, 2017 by Daimler and Bosch companies.
How does the automated valet parking work?
- Once the driver enters a new place, the person gets down in the parking lot.
- The person opens the app on his smartphone and clicks on the “park” button.
- The app detects the available slot and the vehicle starts moving towards the empty slot while you walk for your shopping.
- Once you are done with the shopping, all you need to do is, open your app and click on “pick-up”.
Sounds cool right? Let us understand the needs to implement an automated valet parking.
- Your vehicle must be a self-driving vehicle.
- Most importantly, the infrastructure should be built in such a way that the parking slots are easily detectable on the smartphone app.
- The availability of slots should be synchronized with the app.
- There should be enough space for the vehicle to move around.
- Building such an infrastructure would be expensive.
Following is the demonstration video of the automated valet parking by Mercedes-Benz.
This setup at Stuttgart Museum is being tested for the safety and precautions. If everything goes well the automated valet parking would be made available to the museum visitors in the beginning of 2018.