Bosch, Daimler get license for Level 4 driverless valet parking

July 23, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Bosch, Daimler get license for Level 4 driverless valet parking
Car manufacturer Daimler and electronics supplier Bosch have reached a milestone in automatic driving: their jointly developed technology has received a license from the responsible authorities for commercial use.

The two companies have received approval from the traffic authorities in Baden-Württemberg for an automated parking system in the multi-storey car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart (Germany). The automated access and parking service is activated and controlled via a smartphone app and does not require a security driver. It is thus the world's first fully automated and driverless parking function approved by the authorities for everyday use in accordance with SAE Level 4.

To use the function, the user drives the car to a transfer point in the entrance area of the car park. There he activates the function via his app; the car then automatically moves on to an assigned space and parks. If desired, the car can also drive up again in the same way. The Bosch multi-storey car park infrastructure interacts with vehicle technology from Mercedes-Benz. Sensors in the car park monitor the corridor and the surroundings and provide the information needed to control the vehicle. The technology in the car converts the commands of the infrastructure into driving maneuvers. In this way, the cars can also independently drive up and down ramps and change floors within a multi-storey car park. If the infrastructure sensors detect an obstacle, the vehicle stops immediately.

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