Straight to a parking space
Eventually, information on free parking spaces will be automatically sent to the car’s sat-nav via the app so that the driver is directed straight to an available bay, although this is still some way off yet. This will save on fuel and reduce environmental pollution. At present, there are different Mercedes models driving around Stuttgart, all working with Bosch to find free spaces. The sensors can identify all manner of parking spaces (parallel, perpendicular and angle), which the system then sorts accordingly.
In the future, according to the developers, no more than a second should pass between finding a parking space and registering it. On a road driven by 10,000 cars a day, Hagmeister believes it will take just 20 cars to produce a complete map of the parking spaces. When the new service launches, it plans to initially contain data for 30 German towns and cities. Data for a total of 100 cities across Europe will also be stored to begin with.
The service is currently restricted to communication between Mercedes models. However, in the future, the developers imagine that other makes will also be included in the communication loop. They can then be provided with extensive information about the parking situation, thereby helping to keep the environment safe and drivers calm.