Mercedes-Benz driverless car park ends hassle of searching for a free space

There are few tasks as sure to infuriate a motorist as driving around a multistorey car park looking for a space. So it is no surprise that this is being outsourced to computers, and engineers in Germany have built the first licensed driverless valet parking system.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart has the first fully automated driverless car system authorised for everyday use with no human on standby, according to its creators.

The technology uses a combination of cameras and sensors installed in the building and computer devices in the vehicle to guide the car to a suitable space, moving between levels and navigating up ramps and around columns.