Volvo unveiled its new self parking car last week. As Google’s self-driving car has gained the attention of many consumers, self-parking cars may be another feature that consumers want to take advantage of.
According to a press release from Volvo, the Swedish car maker has been developing autonomous cars that can park without a human in the car.
The autonomous parking system seems pretty simple for the driver. Simply get out of your car and tell it to go park in a vacant spot using a Smartphone. When you’re ready to leave, just summon it back and it will come pick you up.
The new features of autonomous cars like Volvo’s seek to make driving more convenient for drivers.
“Autonomous Parking is a concept technology that relieves the driver of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space. The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.
The new technology works by interacting with the parking lot itself. The car is aware of objects like pedestrians, cars and curbs surrounding the car, so that it can avoid collisions.
The technology will be shown at a media event next week, but the future is not even that far off. According the press release, consumers can expect to see it in the next few years.
“The autonomous parking and platooning technologies are still being developed. However, we will take the first steps towards our leadership aim by introducing the first features with autonomous steering in the all-new Volvo XC90, which will be revealed at the end of 2014,” concludes Thomas Broberg.
“Our approach is based on the principle that autonomously driven cars must be able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users,” says Thomas Broberg.
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