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Bosch and Daimler simplify search for parking spaces

  • Bosch and Daimler launch pilot project for community-based parking
  • Passing vehicles locate and report available curbside parking spaces

Stuttgart – The daily search for parking is often a source of stress and frustration, especially if it takes up as much time as the actual journey. And yet cars are constantly driving past available parking spaces without actually parking there. Wouldn’t it be nice if these cars could inform other drivers of how big these available spaces are, and where to find them?

That is exactly what Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are working on. Together they are testing community-based parking – a new, smart service that makes finding a parking space faster and easier. They have launched a pilot project in the greater Stuttgart area involving various Mercedes-Benz test vehicles. Sensors on board these vehicles enable them to generate data on available curbside spaces. They are also equipped with a communication interface with which to report and receive such data.

With community-based parking, finding a space becomes a kind of shared endeavor. This lets us shorten the search for parking considerably and guide drivers straight to an available space

Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, head of the connected parking project at Bosch

“Nearly all of our Mercedes-Benz cars are connected by a smart network. When they are also equipped with the right sensors, they generate data ‘in passing,’ so to speak. We see using that data for the rapid identification of available parking spaces as the next logical step,” says Sajjad Khan, head of Digital Vehicle and Mobility at Mercedes-Benz.

“With community-based parking, finding a space becomes a kind of shared endeavor. This lets us shorten the search for parking considerably and guide drivers straight to an available space,” says Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, head of the connected parking project at Bosch.

Using existing sensors for a new application

The ultrasonic sensors already integrated into the vehicle can continuously scan the roadside at speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour. When they locate available parking spots, the collected data is sent from the Daimler Vehicle Backend via a secure data link to the Bosch IoT Cloud for analysis. Methods of data mining are applied to verify that the identified spaces are indeed available parking spots. If, for instance, vehicles keep reporting an available space at a particular spot on a busy road, it is highly likely that this is a driveway and therefore cannot be used for parking.

In the first phase of this service offered by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, the system calculates the probability of finding an available space on a given street. In the next phase, once community-based parking has become more widely established, it should even be possible to report the availability and dimensions of curbside spaces in real time. Combined with further information about available spaces, for example those in public parking garages, this data from community-based parking can subsequently be shown as a digital parking-space map on the in-car display or via the “Mercedes me” app. Then all the driver has to do is select this destination in the navigational system, and they will be guided straight to the available parking space.

Stress-free parking minimizes driver frustration

The ability to find a suitable parking space quickly not only saves drivers time and fuel, but it is also kind to their nerves and the environment. In combination with park assist systems such as Remote Park Pilot, which is now available in the new Mercedes E class, community-based parking clearly minimizes the stress of parking.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 46.8 billion euros in 2019, and thus contributed 60 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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