Mercedes-Benz, Bosch open world’s first self-driving valet at Stuttgart Airport that allows cars to park themselves.
System allows expensive Mercedes-Benz models to self-drive themselves to pre-booked parking spaces in Stuttgart Airport.
Currently available for owners of the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQS models built since July 2022.
Variants of flagship Mercedes sedans has an activated Intelligent Park Pilot service available via Mercedes Me Connect.
To use the Automated Valet Parking feature, owners needs to drive to a designated drop-off point at a parking garage.
After hopping out of their vehicle, owners will then use the Mercedes Me app on a smartphone to send the car to a pre-booked parking space.
Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved a highly automated parking system co-developed by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch for use in the P6 parking garage run by APCOA at Stuttgart Airport.
The automated valet parking was first demonstrated by Mercedes and Bosch at the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage in 2019 and at Stuttgart Airport in Germany since 2020.
The highly automated and driverless parking function (SAE Level 4) is the world’s first to be officially approved for commercial use. It relies on communication with Bosch sensors installed in the car park, which helps drive the car and also allows it to detect obstacles in its path.
It is currently available for customers with flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQS models built since July 2022 whose vehicle variants feature the Intelligent Park Pilot service.
To use the Automated Valet Parking feature, owners needs to drive to a designated drop-off point at a parking garage, hop out of their vehicle, and then use the Mercedes Me app on a smartphone to send the car to a pre-booked parking space.
“We really are showing our customers how technology can make life easier and give back precious time,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer, responsible for Development and Procurement.
“Following the market launch of our DRIVE PILOT Level 3 system, we will soon be offering a Level 4 system for parking with our INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT – all of that this year.”
Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector, added :
“Driverless parking is a key aspect of automated mobility. The highly automated parking system we developed together with our partner Mercedes-Benz shows just how far we’ve already progressed along this development path. It will be with driverless parking that everyday automated driving will start.”