Daimler and Bosch’s driverless parking feature can legally operate without human supervision

TechCrunch | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Daimler and Bosch can use their automated driverless parking function without a human safety driver behind the wheel after receiving approval from German regulators, four years after the companies started working together on the technology.

The automated valet parking service is accessed via a smartphone app and requires no safety driver, making it the world’s first fully automated driverless SAE Level 4 parking function to be officially approved for everyday use, the companies said Tuesday. Level 4 is a designation by SAE that means the vehicle can handle all aspects of driving in certain conditions without human intervention.

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Bosch, one of the largest automotive tech and hardware suppliers in the world, handles the infrastructure piece of the automated parking function, which works in concert with Daimler’s vehicle tech on its Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Bosch and Daimler started developing fully automated driverless parking in 2015. That initial partnership included car2go, the car-sharing unit of Daimler. The companies debuted the so-called automated valet parking function in 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage. The following year, and after intensive testing, museum visitors were able to test the automated parking service with one important caveat: a human safety driver was always behind the wheel.

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Visitors were able to reserve vehicles from the facility using a smartphone app. Their vehicle would arrive autonomously to a designated pick-up spot in the parking garage. Once visitors were through with the vehicle, they could delivered it to the drop-off zone. The vehicle would then drive itself to its assigned parking spot, guided by the garage’s infrastructure and onboard sensors.

The pilot program was rather narrow in scope and restricted by the inclusion of a safety driver. But it served an important purpose for Bosch, Daimler and even other companies hoping to deploy automated driving functions...
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