World first, Bosch and Daimler obtain approval for driverless parking without human supervision.
Automated valet parking is the world’s first fully automated driverless (SAE Level 4)¹ parking function to be approved by the authorities
System to be in daily use in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart
Automated parking system collects and returns the vehicle completely independently
Bosch supplies the infrastructure; Daimler the vehicle technology
Special permit issued by Stuttgart regional administrative authority in close cooperation with Baden-Württemberg state transportation ministry following assessment by German technical inspection service TÜV Rheinland.
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch and Daimler have reached a milestone on the way to automated driving: the two companies have now obtained approval from the relevant authorities in Baden-Württemberg for their automated parking system in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in Stuttgart. The automated valet parking service is accessed via a smartphone app and requires no safety driver. This makes it the world’s first fully automated driverless SAE Level 4¹ parking function to be officially approved for everyday use.
“This decision by the authorities shows that innovations like automated valet parking are possible in Germany first,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Driverless driving and parking are important building blocks for tomorrow’s mobility. The automated parking system shows just how far we have already progressed along this development path.”
“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,” says 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.”
Images credit Daimler