Even if the parking process is not fully based on the vehicle's own sensors and data processing, if any, the car still needs supporting communication technology and actuators: the vehicle must be able to correctly interpret external driving commands and implement them in real time with high accuracy. At present, this is only the case with the new Mercedes S-Class from Daimler; the corresponding feature is included in the list of options as "Intelligent Park Pilot". This makes the vehicle the first in the world to be pre-equipped for a driving function of the second highest level of autonomy according to SAE Level 4, says Daimler.
Payment is automatic and contactless. The car park operator Apcoa, which would like to roll out this model worldwide, has integrated the necessary functions specifically into its digital payment platform Flow.
Test operation of the system has now begun. The aim is to test and optimise the smooth interaction between vehicle, infrastructure technology and car park operator. For vehicle users, the system should not only save time and increase convenience; the system will also allow better use of the available parking space because vehicles can be parked more densely - after all, there is no longer any need to plan in space to open the doors.