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Community-based parking

Work together, park faster

The frustration levels of drivers are increasing along with the rising volume of traffic in cities. Especially in large cities, drivers expend a great deal of patience when searching for parking. With community-based parking, drivers are directed straight to the nearest available spot.

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The image shows an infographic explaining the role of transmitter and recviever vehicles in the Bosch community-parking system
Transmitter vehicles provide data to the cloud, receivers use this information to find parking space

The daily search for parking quickly turns into the proverbial hunt for the needle in the haystack. On average, it takes up to 30 minutes and 4.5 km just to find an empty space. This is why Bosch has set itself the goal of simplifying this task for drivers. Community-based parking is the connected solution for rapidly locating available parking spaces on the street. Transmitter vehicles detect empty parking spaces on the street as they drive past them, even if their drivers are not searching for parking. This data is provided anonymously to receiver vehicles, i.e. parking seekers. By aggregating the data from many participants, finding a parking space becomes faster, more accurate and more convenient.

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The image shows a parking space map within the Bosch community-parking system
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Most modern vehicles are already equipped with parking sensors (ultrasonic) and connectivity hardware, such as the connectivity control unit, right from the factory. Using this equipment, the transmitter vehicle can reliably transmit the collected and encrypted data and send it to the cloud. Receiver vehicles itself require no permanently installed additional hardware, as a typical smartphone or an on-board navigation system is sufficient for displaying available parking spaces. So the great advantage is that even vehicles without sensor equipment can also use the community-based parking service.


With Bosch community-based parking you'll find a free parking space in no time, especially in big cities. The system aggregates the data of multiple vehicles and creates a map of free parking spaces in your area - good for your nerves and purse.

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