Frankfurt is the stage for new innovations, and this time it is two companies – equipment supplier Bosch and carmaker Mercedes – which have presented their latest device. From the beginning of next year, and in the relatively restricted environment of the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart to start with, cars within the museum will be able to find their dedicated parking space and park themselves without needing a driver. This will translate into a Bosch system known as Park4U Home, which will see cars fitted with the technology able to park themselves in a private (home) environment. The system will monitor what the driver does in a test run, and then mimic it autonomously in the future, for a radius of 50 metres.
The intention of the two companies is to be able to equip car-sharing fleets, from the beginning of the next decade, with highly automated technology. Mercedes has also indicated that its smart brand is looking to have a totally automated smartfor2 EQ for car-sharing by 2030.