MUNICH — Two of the world's largest suppliers say automated valet parking could become a major tool in helping build trust among a public wary of autonomous driving technology.
Suppliers Robert Bosch GmbH and Continental AG, along with other suppliers such as Valeo, and automakers including BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in September participated in a joint driverless parking project at the Munich auto show. The project demonstrated how sensors in a parking garage can work with on-board sensors to automatically park the vehicle and later return it to its owner.
"I don't know how many people you've met who really like going into a parking garage," said Markus Heyn, a member of the board of management at Bosch. "It's typically not a thing where people would really like to go in there. You'd rather drop off the vehicle and somebody else take care of it, and when I come back, hopefully the car is brought back to me. That's the whole idea."