Mercedes-Benz showcases its Intelligent Park Pilot technology in Los Angeles, demonstrating self-driving EQS valet parking itself

During a live demonstration at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch offered a glimpse of the future in which our electric vehicles will see themselves. Using the Intelligent Park Pilot feature of the Mercedes EQS, companies were able to show a driver stopping, exiting the vehicle and activating the automated valet using an app.

Mercedes-Benz is a German automobile manufacturer recognized as one of the world leaders in luxury automobiles. Despite decades in ICE vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Group AG has made more recent efforts to shift its production strategy towards electrification, pledging to go “all-electric” by 2030.

This strategy includes several new programs from R&D to physical production, to expand the global adoption of electric vehicles to customers who prefer to drive the flagship emblem. The electric Mercedes are part of a range of EQ vehicles that started with the EQS sedan.

In the United States this year, Mercedes-Benz will market an EQB SUV, as well as a second electric sedan called EQE. Additionally, Mercedes has teased US production of an SUV version of the EQS.

As part of a media event in Los Angeles, Mercedes presented the EQS performing some interesting new maneuvers with the help of its partner Bosch. Together, the companies designed and implemented an automated valet parking system in which Mercedes EQS (and future vehicles) can park themselves.

Automated valet parking with Mercedes Intelligent Park Pilot

In a demonstration to the media in downtown Los Angeles, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch offered a potential glimpse into the future of parking, especially in high-traffic environments like hotels.

Using the Mercedes me app, a driver drives to a dedicated automated valet parking space and parks. At this point, they might have already reserved their parking spot in the hotel garage, to make sure there is somewhere for the EQS to park.

They then activate the function in the app, which will wake up the VE, then ensure that everything is operational and safe before initiating communication with Bosch’s automated valet infrastructure. Once the system receives all the green lights on its checklist, it will remote start the engine and take over.

The temporary installation at the InterContinental featured Lidar infrastructure developed by Bosch, which helped guide the driverless EQS safely from the arrival lane to a designed charging point. Dr. Philipp Skogstad, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America spoke:

Our vision is that saving time is a key part of the luxury experience our customers are looking for. The EQS saves you time driving alone in traffic jams on the motorways, but with INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT it can also be able to park on its own. INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT is a feature that, together with the required infrastructure, enables an automated valet parking service that offers customers even more comfort and relief in everyday life.

In addition to the necessary infrastructure equipment, the Mercedes EQS is already equipped with on-board technology to navigate the Bosch Automated Valet system, allowing entry and exit from multi-storey facilities such as parking garages. For this temporary demonstration, the partners used portable ground-based Lidar sensors.

However, the permanent installation of the valet infrastructure uses stereo sensors that are implanted in the ceiling above the vehicles like a “bird’s eye” away from cars and pedestrians. The Bosch Automated Valet system is already operational at Stuttgart Airport in Germany.

The two companies see the technology as a natural step towards fully automated driving that can help drivers save time by easing the burden of finding parking and recharging. It doesn’t have to stop at valet parking either – teams at Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have already started exploring other implementations of low-speed autonomous maneuvers, such as automated charging, car washes, pay booths in garages and even automated movement. of completed vehicles through the assembly lines.

Bosch also believes this technology could be beneficial for commercial EVs and rental cars in particular, allowing your rental EV to come to you, then drive away and park when you return it. According to the two companies, the technology is ready. They are, however, awaiting regulatory approval in Europe as it is an automated Level 4 system.

In the United States, companies expect a little more on the buildings and people needed to properly implement the infrastructure. Check it out for yourself in the demonstration video below:

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