Automated Valet Parking:
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James Bond doesn’t waste any time looking for parking spaces. In all the films, you see him getting out right in front of the hotel entrance or airport before throwing the car keys to a valet and continuing on his mission. Parking is just something other people do. Most drivers have had to do without a valet – but now that’s about to change. As a pioneer of automated mobility, Bosch has developed a driverless system that employs connected technology to save drivers not just the wearisome search for a parking space, but also the parking maneuver itself.

Thanks to Automated Valet Parking (AVP), every experience – whether it’s flying off on holiday, going shopping, or taking in a concert – begins with calm as drivers drop off their vehicle in the drop-off zone. This new luxury is thanks to communication between Bosch technology in parking garage infrastucure and vehicles themselves.

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time

AVP saves drivers the need to park, allowing them to get straight into the action as soon as they arrive.

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safety

AVP eliminates human error from the parking process, so no more scuffs and scratches.

The infrastructure that knows the way.

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.

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Cooperative venture with e.GO brings automated valet parking to small electric vehicles too

e.GO Life

In 2018, automated valet parking will also be entering the domain of electrically powered vehicles thanks to a cooperative venture between Bosch and the vehicle manufacturer e.GO. Bosch is installing the necessary infrastructure in the recently built parking garage on the campus of RWTH Aachen Technical University. In the first step, up to twelve e.GO Life electric vehicles for the automated parking service will be supplied by e.GO. The combination of small electric vehicles with Bosch technology is intended to improve utilization of the available parking at the parking garage in Aachen.

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Bosch and Daimler joint pilot project drives forward automated parking

Bosch and Daimler are working together closely to advance automated parking. The two companies have developed the world's first infrastructure-based solution for driverless parking.

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This is enabled by a smart parking garage infrastructure from Bosch in combination with Mercedes-Benz vehicle technology. The AVP pilot project is a milestone on the road to automated driving.

Bosch honored with the Technology Innovation Award 2017

Frost & Sullivan Award

Automated valet parking systems are based on award-winning technology. The automated parking solution from Bosch was honored with the Technology Innovation Award 2017 for European Intelligent Parking Systems by the internationally renowned management consultancy Frost & Sullivan.

Survey shows end users give thumbs up for automated valet parking

A survey of end users confirms the strong desire in the population for automation. When it comes to parking solutions, almost 70% of car drivers who own a car, would like to use automated valet parking. Among drivers of business cars, this preference is even greater.

Furthermore, 90% of car-sharing users would welcome the automated service. Stress reduction – as more than 90% of private motorists stated – is a particularly important argument for such a solution.

Connected parking garages enable additional services and new business models

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.

New services car wash and windshield replacement Parking without services

From car washing to a windshield replacement, AVP means that the time a driver is away from the vehicle can be efficiently used for additional services.

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utilization

AVP allows parking lots to accept more vehicles, making them more profitable.

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customer engagement

Unusual services such as AVP get customers excited and make sure that they come back.

More efficient use of space: Getting more in means you get more out

Better utilization of existing parking spaces

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.

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