In July 2019, the automated valet parking (AVP) has been launched at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
This is the first in the world driverless Level 4 parking function put into operation and officially approved for everyday use.
Though it is not currently available on public roads, the service can be tried in the building of the museum.
Then, in 2018, it became available to visitors (though with a driver). In summer 2019, the service has started working in a fully autonomous mode.
How does it work?
A vehicle arrives at a special site at the entrance. Then the driver starts the function through a special smartphone app. The intelligent autonomous control system delivers the car to a parking lot with the help of sensors and cameras. The vehicle can move freely all over the parking, reaching other levels.
It is still unclear for which cars the AVP will be available. Judging by some videos, special Mercedes-Benz vehicles are used, which, when start autonomous driving, flash with LED lights of turquoise color.