BMW Makes Self-Parking Car


Well, here's another job made obsolete by man's technological march forward, that of the car parking guy. BMW says that it will have developed a fully automated, self-parking car within the next three years. The system draws on components already found in some of BMW's current models, including its fancy pants 7 series, and augments them accordingly. If all goes according to plan, all you'll have to do is push a button as you approach a parking spot—the car will take care of the rest.

A reflective lens is placed at the head of the parking and a video camera measures the distance and angle between the car and the lens. Then the car calculates trajectory and activates the gas pedal and steering wheel as the situation merits.

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BMW is no stranger to automated car processes. Its iDrive system, though apparently a pain in the neck to operate, automated several processes like driving and cabin controls, and is already in several of its cars.

Park the Beamer by Bot [Wired]

DISCUSSION

gizak-old
gizak

eh, neat. I see how it can be useful for parking garages/spots that are tight to get in and out of (via opening your car door) - but what is gonna stop the guy next to you from dinging the sh!t outta here bimmer? Also, if you auto-parked it in a tight garage, can it bring it self back out? Cause if not - get ready to call in thru the trunk!