For the maneuver, the system uses 12 twelve ultrasonic sensors and a stereo video camera to orient to the objects it registered in its vicinity during the dummy run. If the sensors detect an unknown static obstacle such as a garbage can left in the car's path, the car automatically stops. If the obstacle can be avoided by deviating slightly from the preset route, the car will steer independently around it.
Home Zone park assist is also capable of exiting a parking space. By pressing the button on a smartphone or ignition key, the system automatically brings the car to the defined starting position, enabling the driver to simply step in and drive off. This saves the driver from having to squeeze in or out of the vehicle when it is parked in a tight space.
Home Zone park assist is expected to ready for production in 2019, according to Bosch.
Parking using mobile devices
Next is the smart trailer parking, which allows drivers to control their vehicle from the curbside via a smartphone or tablet.
The app allows drivers to set the desired direction of travel and speed before parking the car/trailer combination. If the driver touches the virtual trailer on the display, the vehicle with its trailer is set in motion at the preset speed. By moving the trailer on the touch screen, the driver can determine the bending angle, and thus the desired direction of travel of the car/trailer unit. If the driver moves the finger away from the touch screen, the unit stops immediately.
When driving forward, the user moves the vehicle instead of the trailer. The bending angle is adjusted via a special algorithm by the electric power steering system (EPS) while driving. Additionally, the system prevents the trailer from excessive bending, therefore ensuring maneuvering ability and avoids collisions between the drawing vehicle and the trailer.
Reducing the time taken to find a parking space
According to Bosch, it takes 10 minutes on average to find a suitable free parking space in Germany. This time can be saved with Bosch's active parking lot management that recognises which parking spaces in an urban area are free and reports where exactly they are by using data from sensors. Besides helping drivers, this solution also helps parking garage operators improve capacity utilisation.
Bosch active parking lot management. Credit: Bosch.
Last December, Bosch announced that 11 cities and communities in the northeast of the greater Stuttgart have agreed to support a pilot project for the active parking lot management. Sensors will be installed in park facilities or pavements of parking areas in those areas. The sensors will regularly check if a parking space is available, before wirelessly relaying the information via a gateway to a server. The data will then be incorporated into a real-time map. Drivers can access this map from the VVS Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart app and website.
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