Mercedes-Benz and Bosch Demonstrate Automated Valet Parking with EQS at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
Mercedes-Benz and Bosch introduced automated valet parking at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown with Mercedes-EQ’s all-electric EQS sedan. Automated valet technology from Bosch and Mercedes-Benz is at the heart of the demonstration in Los Angeles. It includes INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT in Mercedes-EQ’s EQS and integration with the smartphone app as part of a holistic demonstration of the future vehicle experience for consumers.
The demonstration at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown shows how automated valet parking will work in a working hotel environment where automated and non-automated vehicles operate alongside pedestrian traffic. It allows us to dive into the dynamics of local deployments with the use of a highly connected EQS from Mercedes-EQ to demonstrate how automated technology continues to evolve.
—Dr. Kay Stepper, senior vice president of automated driving and driver assistance for Bosch in North America
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.
—Dr. Philipp Skogstad, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
The demo features the EQS, showcasing an automated valet service using its existing hardware which is already pre-installed in vehicles such as the S-Class and EQS in Germany/Europe with the required optional equipment. The vehicle interacts with the Bosch smart infrastructure installed in the parking lot to allow the vehicle to drive and park inside the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
Sensors installed in the building communicate with the vehicle and guide its maneuvers through the garage. The demonstration also highlights the possibilities for additional services such as automated electric vehicle charging, car washing and vehicle servicing or maintenance where vehicles enter and exit service areas guided by smart infrastructure.
In conjunction with the necessary optional equipment and the corresponding Connect service, both depending on the country, the EQS has the on-board technology to enter and exit multi-storey car parks equipped with the Bosch Automated Valet infrastructure in highly automated mode and without driver, provided that the corresponding Connect service is available and reserved for the respective vehicle variant of the EQS and that national law permits such operation.
The usage scenario is that the driver parks the vehicle safely in a designated drop-off area in the car park and after all the passengers have exited, they start the parking procedure using the smartphone app . The parking sensor system checks whether a suitable space is available or has already been reserved for the vehicle. If so, the Automated Valet Parking infrastructure confirms vehicle handover to the driver in the app, and they can exit the EQS and drive away.
The vehicle then starts automatically and drives without a driver to its parking space using the infrastructure installed in the parking lot. When returning, the driver can let the EQS drive to a designated pick-up area by smartphone command. This means less time searching for parking spaces and walking from the parking lot to their destination.