For drivers, all it takes to make use of AVP is the touch of a button within the smartphone app: this establishes the digital connection between the parking garage and the drop-off area, so that the route to the next available parking space can be calculated. Parking spaces are selected based on the size of the vehicle, and the Bosch technology within the parking garage takes over. This includes cameras that identify suitably sized vacant parking spaces and then monitor the vehicle as it progresses, detecting any surprise obstacles or pedestrians on the vehicle’s path so that it can react immediately. Once it has reached its destination, the vehicle parks itself fully automatically, even when space is tight. The process works exactly the same in reverse: the driver recalls the vehicle via the app, and can get in and drive off straightaway.
Automated Valet Parking opens up a range of potential service offerings going far beyond parking alone. Fed up of waiting at the car wash? AVP can take your car to the car wash after you’ve parked and get it back to you freshly cleaned. The same goes for changing the windshield if you get a stone chip, and there is also the possibility of special services for business customers, for instance at the airport.
Automated Valet Parking has definite advantages for parking garage operators as well. Drivers who benefit from the increased convenience of AVP are happier and more loyal customers. What is more, driverless parking and vehicle collection allows for better utilization of parking garage capacity. AVP ensures that cars park closer together, allowing an increase in the number of vehicles that can be accommodated in the same space. On top of that, precise automated guidance eliminates the risk of damage to infrastructure due to careless driving.