The city of Detroit has partnered with Ford and Bosch to establish a Smart Parking Lab in the city's Bedrock Assembly Garage to test autonomous technologies in a real-world environment. The facility, slated to open in September, will test autonomous valet parking and the possibility of incorporating automatic smart charging into the system.
Ford and Bosch used the same garage last summer to demonstrate a self-parking Ford Escape, which drove autonomously through the garage, located a space, and reversed parked into it. The latest test is a continuation of the Detroit Smart Parking Lab's work.
The technology also will be tested by car rental company Enterprise, which hopes to see vehicles drive autonomously to a valet station, recharge themselves, and park themselves on the lot for the next rental.
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