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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.