Stuttgart - It might only apply to one parking garage for now, but Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are seeing this seemingly small step as a big milestone.
The two companies announced on Tuesday that they had received approval from Stuttgart authorities to operate their driverless valet service in the parking garage that serves the Mercedes-Benz museum.
Since a safety driver is no longer required, this makes it the first Level 4 automated parking function in the world to be officially approved for everyday use.
What this essentially means is that drivers can get out of their car after entering the parking garage and send their car to a parking space just by tapping on their smartphone screen. The system automatically assigns a parking space to the car and the rest happens autonomously. When the driver is finished with his or her business, another tap on the app sees the car returned to exactly the same place where the driver left it.
“This approval from the Baden-Württemberg authorities sets a precedent for obtaining approval in the future for the parking service in parking garages around the world,” says Dr. Michael Hafner, the head of drive technologies and automated driving at Daimler AG. “As a pioneer in automated driving, our project paves the way for automated valet parking to go into mass production in the future.”