The software relies on communicating with sensors at parking locations to detect obstacles in its path and is currently only approved by Germany’s KBA transport authority for use in one parking lot at Stuttgart Airport equipped with the technology, Bosch said in a statement. statement.
Mercedes-Benz says that the feature will be available to Mercedes customers who have an S Class or EQS produced from July 2022 onwards.
The two companies received approval in 2019 to start using an automated valet parking system in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage and have been working together on the development of driverless automated parking since 2015.
Car owners can reserve a parking space in advance via the app and leave their vehicle at the drop-off area. Once they’re out, the car drives itself to where it belongs, and can be recalled via the app.
Germany passed a law in July last year allowing Level 4 autonomous driving, without human involvement, in designated public space operating areas.