LAS VEGAS -- German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is expanding its capabilities in two areas that will be crucial to autonomous vehicles: connected parking and high-definition mapping.
At a press event here at CES on Monday, Stefan Hartung, a Bosch board member, and Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch in North America, said the supplier would extend its crowd-sourced parking service out of the pilot phase, to 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Boston. The company also detailed its recent investment in mapmaker Here, and shorter-term updates on connected vehicle development.
"We'll make real-time information about on-street parking available to car manufacturers," Mansuetti said. "Drivers will be able to see on their navigation systems where there's a free space and drive directly to it -- which will save them time, fuel and stress, while reducing congestion and pollution in downtown areas."
Bosch's community-based parking approach uses cameras and sensors vehicles to detect and record open parking spaces, storing them on a shared cloud network. When a driver is in need of parking, the car can access that database to find the nearest spot.
Though a human driver is still required, such crowd-sourced platforms will serve as a base layer for autonomous vehicles to navigate when they have to drive and park on their own.