In the future, even if we don’t have our own self-driving cars, perhaps we’ll all be having our cars at least park themselves, if this new concept from Volvo is any indication.
The Volvo concept car can not only find its own parking space, but can pull into it all by itself, with no driver inside. According to Volvo, the car with the Autonomous Parking feature in it can interact safely with pedestrians and other cars, ensuring that the parking process is safe and simple.
“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.” – Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group
The concept car has sensors embedded in it that enable it to navigate to a vacant parking spot, pull into it, and then send the driver an update to their mobile phone, telling them where the car is parked.
This is still just a concept, not a finished product, and it requires additional infrastructure, in the form of transmitters in the roads, in order for the features to be available to drivers.
While I do think that eventually, this will be a useful feature in a new car, but to me, it makes more sense to make a choice based on fuel-efficiency and emissions than on whether or not it can park itself.
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