Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have premiered an automated valet parking system, which will allow drivers to automatically park their cars in assigned spots without having to monitor the vehicles’ movements.

The driverless parking service – the workings of which are showcased in a video via a W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – is being trialled in a pilot project at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, with Bosch providing the parking garage infrastructure and the communications technology and the automaker the location and pilot vehicles.

The smartphone-based system will allow a driver to leave the car at the parking lot’s designated valet drop-off/pick-up area, locate a designated parking spot via the smartphone app, request for the space and walk away.

The parking garage’s intelligent system then identifies the vehicle, and proceeds to guide the car to its assigned space. Returning the car to the driver at the pick-up point is done in similar fashion.

The system works by pairing the parking garage’s communications infrastructure with the autonomous driving systems on board the E-Class, which converts commands from the system into driving maneouvres. Sensors installed in the parking lot monitor the driving corridor and surroundings while guiding the vehicle, and if hazards appear, will stop the progress of the car.

The pilot project is the world’s first infrastructure-based, fully automated valet parking service being run in real-world conditions. Visitors to the musuem will be able to experience the service for themselves when access to the automated valet parking becomes is open to the public in early 2018.