Future Mercedes will identify parking spaces, give each other a headsup

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Mercedes is working with Bosch on a revolutionary parking system which scans free gaps and reports them. The function will be introduced next year, on the E-Class family of models, while a pilot test is already underway in Stuttgart.

The idea sounds good: Passing cars scan at speeds up to 55 km / h with their ultrasonic sensors free parking places on the roadside. The data is then automatically sent to a data cloud. There, a digital map with free parking spaces is created again in real time, which is then available for other motorists. In Stuttgart Mercedes vehicles with the technology developed by Bosch are now testing.

In its first phase, the system determines how high is the probability for a free parking space in a certain street. Using the so-called data mining, the system identifies the reported (parking) gaps as Pitch.

In order to derive a real-time parking map, Bosch only needs the sensor data of one percent of all vehicles in moving traffic. With a larger market penetration – however here rich even six percent of all vehicles – the next step and the ultimate goal is then possible: showing the availability and dimensions of parking spaces . With information on other free parking, for example, in public car parks, the data of “community-based parking” will be displayed as digital parking ticket in the car or display in the Mercedes-App.

The new system can identify by means of sensors and cameras parking spots big enough for the vehicle. If that is the case, the location will be automatically recorded in a live card, so that other drivers can find the place. Incidentally, it is not necessary to drive slowly in search of an empty place, as the system functions autonomously up to a speed of about 55 km / h.

Such a system is hardly an exclusive novelty, though. BMW is also working on a similar system. Called On-Street Parking Information the new functon shows  free parking spots on the navigation map. The introduction of BMW’s take on the free parking space detector is programmed for this year.