Work together, park faster
with community-based parking

Especially in large cities, drivers expend a great deal of time, patience,
and frustration when searching for parking. With community-based parking,
this irritating situation is now coming to a welcome end. Using parking
information acquired by the community, drivers looking for parking are
directed straight to the nearest available spot.

Bosch simplifies parking in cities
with its cloud-based solution for drivers

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The frustration levels of drivers are increasing along with the steadily rising volume of traffic in cities. The daily search for parking in particular quickly turns into the proverbial hunt for the needle in the haystack. On average, it takes up to 30 minutes and 4.5 kilometers (~2.8 miles) just to find an empty space. This is why Bosch has set itself the goal of simplifying this task for drivers, allowing passengers as well as the environment to breathe a sigh of relief.

Parking becomes a partnership
Community-based parking is the connected solution for rapidly locating available parking spaces on the street. The necessary connectivity and park assist features being installed as standard are already widely available, so community-based parking can be implemented immediately without any major retrofitting measures. Users include drivers actively seeking a parking space, as well as those who are simply making their way around the city.

Both groups together form the “community” needed for this service to work: as transmitter vehicles drive through the city, they identify available spaces, even if the driver is not looking to park. This data is made available to receiver vehicles – anonymized and newly processed as a matter of course.

Over time, the broad range of participants in community-based parking will ensure that parking maps are increasingly precise and up to date. As a result, drivers will be guided to available parking in a way that is much faster, more precise, and more convenient.

more time

by reducing parking searches by up to 30 minutes.

approximately

4.5 kilometers
(~2.8 miles)

saved per parking search, as this is the average distance drivers cover in order to find a suitable parking space.

up to

500 EUR
(~$555 USD)

less costs each year – the cost of unnecessary searching is about 1.35 EUR (~$1.50 USD) each day.

Seek and find
Crowdsourcing to generate digital parking maps

The search for available parking has now become increasingly simple for drivers in big cities. This is because the community-based parking system developed by Bosch for this purpose guides drivers directly to the nearest empty parking space. Here’s how it works: multiple vehicles take part simultaneously in the search for isolated parking spaces scattered throughout the city – and ultimately find them more quickly.

The transmitter vehicle identifies empty parking spaces on the street as it drives past them. This data (location and size of the space) is anonymized sent to the cloud. There, it is collected, aggregated, and processed further into digital parking maps.

Based on the processed data, the receiver vehicle is given precise information on where empty parking spaces are.

A 6th sense for parking seekers
Connecting vehicles to the cloud

Using their on-board sensors, transmitter vehicles identify parking spaces on the street. The data is anonymized and then sent over connectivity hardware to the cloud, where all the gathered information is subjected to special algorithms and then provided to receiver vehicles. In this way, the transmitter vehicle takes over the search on behalf of others – and essentially becomes an additional set of eyes and ears. Once in the cloud, individual data points are compared with those that have already been stored and or have been sent by other transmitter vehicles.

The algorithms use this to generate digital parking information in various forms: a parking are map, parking prediction, real-time occupancy maps, and additional parking information.
It is precisely this data that benefits receiver vehicles: kept continuously up to date in this way, it transforms their display instruments into a parking navigation system that quickly guides all those looking for parking to the next available space.

Standardized and unlimited parking satisfaction
The technical requirements

Most modern vehicles already satisfy the minimum requirements for community-based parking right from the factory. A transmitter vehicle needs only parking sensors (ultrasonic sensors) and connectivity hardware, such as the connectivity control unit. Using this equipment, the vehicle can reliably transmit the collected and encrypted data.

The receiver vehicle itself requires no permanently installed connectivity hardware, as a typical smartphone is sufficient for displaying available parking spaces. More convenient is the presentation of the parking availability information over the on-board navigation system’s human-machine interface – which is easier to interpret.
The great advantage is that vehicles without sensor equipment can also use the community-based parking service, as transmitter and receiver vehicles do not necessarily have to have the same equipment.