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Automated Valet Parking
Automated Valet Parking

Don’t get stressed, get parked

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No more maneuvering and no more gymnastics when getting out of your car: Automated Valet Parking (AVP), developed by Bosch in cooperation with Daimler, is a driverless system which finds a free space in the parking lot and parks the car itself by means of connected technology.

Driving with a Destination: A Museum Presenting the Future Close-up

The Mercedes-Benz museum is the number one address for automotive history. Its parking lot is therefore exactly the right location to test AVP, the world’s first infrastructure-supported solution that provides an automatic drive-up and park service, in real-life dual operating mode. The intelligent technology required for the parking lot infrastructure is provided by Bosch. The vehicles equipped with the corresponding technology are from Mercedes. Together, these two partners have defined the interface between infrastructure and vehicle, and have adapted sensor technology and vehicle software accordingly. The driverless parking space finder is activated using a smartphone app. One touch — and the future of automated driving is within reach at the museum’s parking lot.

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Fast, safe, driverless

What you should know about AVP

When will AVP be available?

AVP will celebrate its world première at the start of 2018, and can be experienced by everyone in the Mercedes-Benz museum parking lot.

What are the prerequisites for a vehicle to use AVP?

Because of the sensor technology used in the infrastructure, the vehicle equipment needed is largely limited to an automatic gearbox, ESP, electric parking brake and steering assistance, a start/stop function and a communication unit.

What are the prerequisites for a parking lot to use AVP?

A Cloud connection and a communication unit are the basic requirements for communication between the parking lot and the vehicle. The components required in the parking lot infrastructure are cameras and the necessary sensor technology, as well as the IT technology to calculate the travel distances and to comply with safety requirements.

Watchful Eye: Outdoor Cameras Show the Way

Parking your car yourself is a thing of the past. With AVP, the vehicle is conveniently left at the drop-off area of the parking lot and the smartphone app is activated. This establishes digital contact with the parking lot, and the route to a free parking spot is computed. The parking spot it will aim for is selected to suit the vehicle’s size. This is when the Bosch technology in the parking lot takes charge. It includes cameras that recognize suitable, vacant parking spots in the parking lot, that monitor the driving route around the car traveling at 6 km/h, and that detect unexpected obstacles or persons in the car’s path so that the vehicle can react immediately. At the destination, parking is completely automatic and problem-free, even if space is tight. The vehicle is returned exactly the same way: collection is activated via the app, and the car arrives right on cue. Jump in and you’re on your way.

Infographic about AVP in a parking lot scenario

Dazzling prospects: More convenience with AVP

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More time:

AVP is a fetch-and-carry service. Parking time can be used for washing or repairing your car

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More safety:

driving errors are not possible. No more scratches on the vehicle or marks on the parking lot pillars

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More room:

without the hassle of getting in and out of the car, up to 20% more vehicles can fit into the same area

New development paths

AVP is one of two products which Bosch is developing and testing as part of its “Connected Parking” project. Community-based Parking (CbP) is a process that allows passing vehicles to recognize free parking spots, and send this information to other drivers via Cloud. Together with AVP, this product aims to solve the most difficult parking problems.

In order to implement these products quickly and inexpensively, Bosch has developed unconventional business models. For example, for all three products, physical technology that is already available will be combined with digital Bosch technology, be connected to the internet, and new services will be developed to cater to customer demands. This means that customers will be involved in the development and test phases at an early stage. A new path that leads to fast solutions.

Summary

With Automated Valet Parking, Bosch has developed a driverless system which automatically finds a free space in the parking lot, parks the car and saves the driver a lot of stress. Thanks to a combination of various technologies, AVP is easy and quick to use.

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