Bosch and Daimler launch public parking pilot project
Finding a free parking space every day can be stressful and annoying, especially if it takes as long as the trip itself. Cars constantly pass by parking lots they do not use. Wouldn't it be more convenient if the cars told other drivers where these vacancies are and what their sizes are?
This is exactly the project they are working on Mercedes-Benz and Bosch. Together, they are testing public parking, a new smart service for fast and convenient parking. Both companies began their pilot project in and around Stuttgart with various Mercedes-Benz test vehicles. Sensors on board vehicles generate information about free parking spaces along the road on which they move. They are also equipped with a communication interface for sending and receiving data.
“Almost all Mercedes-Benz vehicles are connected to the smart grid. If equipped with appropriate sensors, they generate data while driving. The next logical step will be to use this data to quickly identify available parking spaces, ”said Sajjad Khan, Digital Automotive Mobility Manager Mercedes-Benz.
“Public parking makes finding a place a shared business. Thus, the demand for free parking is significantly reduced as drivers drive directly to their destination, ”explained Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, Bosch Group Leader in charge of the respective parking project.
Using installed sensors in a new application
Built-in sound sensors on board can continuously scan the area along the carriageway at speeds up to 55 km / h. When free parking spaces are detected, the collected data is sent for analysis from the Daimler Vehicle Backend via a secure data connection to the Bosch IoT Cloud. Data mining techniques are used to check if the identified free zones are indeed car parks. If, for example, cars constantly report a clear stretch of road with heavy traffic, it is most likely a turn that cannot be used for parking.
In the first phase of the service offered by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, the system calculates the probability of finding a free space on the street. In the next phase, when public parking becomes more widespread, it will be possible to determine in real time the availability and size of parking spaces along the carriageway. When combined with additional information about available parking spaces, such as public parking, public parking data will be displayed as a digital map of available parking spaces on the on-board display or in the Mercedes me app. Then each driver will only have to choose a destination in the navigation, which will lead him directly to the free parking space.
Being able to quickly find a parking spot not only saves time and fuel, but also protects the environment and the driver's nerves. When combined with parking assistance systems such as Remote Park Pilot in the new Mercedes E-Class, public parking reduces driver stress.