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The search for a parking space, especially in city center parking garages, is becoming an increasingly frustrating and time-consuming affair. The same applies to the search for a free charging point. Together with Volkswagen subsidiary Cariad, Bosch is therefore now testing Automated Valet Charging. With this solution, electric vehicles can be guided driverless to a free parking space with a charging facility and charged automatically using charging robots. Once the charging process is complete, the vehicle moves autonomously back to a free parking space without a charging option. In order to bring the system closer to market maturity, Bosch and Cariad are now testing the necessary technology in two of their own parking garages: in Cariad's employee parking garage in Ingolstadt, the two companies are testing driverless parking with Automated Valet Parking, while driverless charging with Automated Valet Charging is also being tested in Bosch's development parking garage in Ludwigsburg.

"Automation plays a key role in the mobility revolution and the transition to electromobility. With our two services Automated Valet Parking and Automated Valet Charging, we are providing users with a more convenient mobility experience," promises Manuel Maier, Vice President Product Area Cross Domain Parking Level 4 at Bosch. "Being able to charge electric vehicles easily reduces range anxiety and is a prerequisite for broad acceptance of electromobility. Against this backdrop, Bosch and Cariad can make parking and charging even more efficient and convenient."

Rolf Dubitzky, Head of Parking at Cariad, also sees great potential in the collaboration: "We are particularly pleased to be shaping the future of automated parking and charging together with Bosch. Through our cooperation, we can test the technologies early on in vehicle development in order to implement them sustainably and offer customers the best possible user experience."