Community-based parking

Community-based parking:

helping one another find the nearest available parking space more quickly

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Summary community-based parking

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Press release community-based parking

Imagine never again having to waste your time searching for a vacant parking space. Imagine being able to access the latest parking information conveniently at any time and knowing exactly where suitable curbside parking spots are located. Imagine always being guided directly to the nearest parking space without having to drive around and around. Finding a parking space quickly not only saves you valuable time, it also reduces stress, saves fuel, and protects the environment.

All these benefits become a part of everyday life thanks to community-based parking. With the connected solution, Bosch turns the vehicle into a sensor in the internet of things, making your search for a parking space more efficient and convenient.

As a pioneer in connected mobility, Bosch has developed an end-to-end solution to help drivers find parking in city centers. It covers all aspects, from identifying available parking spaces to displaying desired parking information in the vehicle. With this production-ready system, Bosch is delivering yet another innovative technology for connected and automated parking solutions. What is more, it is not tied to any one platform or provider. One of the really neat features of the solution is that the up-to-date parking data needed for the system is generated by the users themselves and shared with the other drivers via the cloud.

more time

at your disposal by finding available curbside parking spaces quickly

up to


annual savings as each search for a parking space costs around €1.35

more relaxed

because search for a parking space is up to 30% shorter

up to

1.3 kg

CO2 saving every time you avoid searching for a parking space

One for all and all for one thanks to the cloud

One for all and all for one thanks to the cloud

Community-based parking – the name basically says it all: the community of users ensures that every participating car driver finds an available parking space as easily as possible. The users’ vehicles identify spaces at the side of the road with their on-board sensors as they drive by. Newer vehicles are equipped with these sensors as standard, so no retrofitting is necessary. The collected data is sent to the cloud anonymously and processed there automatically. Smart software turns the raw data into useful information for drivers searching for a parking space. This includes a parking space map, parking predictions, real-time occupancy maps, and information on special parking situations.

The data benefits all users, enabling them to view parking information that is highly relevant to them in their vehicle at any time. The vacant parking spaces that are shown precisely match the requirements specified by the driver. So they are large enough for the respective vehicle and are, for instance, equipped with a charging station. All this adds up to a surprisingly straightforward user experience when searching for a parking spot in cities where parking space is at a premium. It does not matter which vehicle an individual user has, since the data can be collected and used by all vehicle makes.

Simply search and find!
The cloud-based solution for finding parking in the city

This is how Community-based parking works

Flexibility for customers: Bosch can supply just the parking data or the highly sophisticated system solution too

Community-based parking is a solution for all manufacturers that enables information about available parking to be collected and displayed by the vehicle. Thanks to a universal interface (API), the service is not dependent on the use of particular hardware – it can be implemented with Bosch components or using the manufacturer’s own hardware. Bosch takes care of the data processing and making the information available.

If desired, Bosch can also supply an end-to-end solution. This includes sensors for detecting vacant parking spaces, the connectivity hardware for sending and receiving data, and systems for displaying the information in the car.

Detection of vacant parking spaces and data communication Data processing in the cloud Information displayed in the vehicle

Detection of vacant parking spaces and data communication

In most modern vehicles, the sensor technology used to detect vacant parking spaces when driving by is already fitted as standard. All that is needed is additional connectivity hardware installed in the vehicle, like the Bosch connectivity control unit (CCU) . It enables communication with the cloud and anonymized data transmission. Connectivity hardware is likewise already present in many modern vehicles or can be retrofitted.

Data processing in the cloud

The transmitter vehicle sends the data in anonymized form to the Bosch cloud where special algorithms process all the data gathered there. Artificial intelligence is used, for example, to differentiate between driveways and parking spaces. Individual data is compared with historical data and data received from other transmitter vehicles and is then classified according to the type of parking space (e.g. angled, perpendicular or parallel parking). It is also possible to determine a probability of future occupancy for the parking space. Algorithms then use this to generate digital parking information in various forms: a parking space map, parking predictions, real-time occupancy maps, and information on special parking situations.

Information displayed in the vehicle

The parking space information provided by community-based parking can be displayed via a navigation system directly on the vehicle’s HMI (human machine interface) . This can be supplied either by Bosch or by the vehicle manufacturer. Using additional information, the search can be tailored to the vehicle attributes and the personal preferences of the driver. Thus, it is possible to filter according to set criteria, for instance, residential parking or parking spaces equipped with a charging station for electric vehicles. Drivers can also specify their personal search criteria, such as costs or distance from the destination. In addition, the system learns about the user’s behavior over time and can independently adapt the search criteria to it.

Start of series production in Europe / North America

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Bosch has already launched various pilot projects to achieve a breakthrough for community-based parking. In 2018, series production started in Europe and the USA. Since 2019 additional cities have been added each month or are already being planned.

Through the cooperation of the community and the automobile manufacturers community-based parking represents a solution that will bring benefits for everyone.

Connected as standard

Most modern vehicles already have parking sensors and connectivity hardware on board as standard. This enables transmitter vehicles to reliably detect parking spaces and send this data to the cloud in encrypted form. Receiver vehicles do not need any additional equipment fitted.

Vacant parking spaces can be displayed on the vehicle’s own on-board navigation unit or on a standard smartphone. This means drivers can also benefit from the convenient community-based parking service without having to fulfill any additional technical requirements.

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