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Trusted Dealers are always on the lookout for new pioneering technology which will change the future of motoring forever – if you don’t believe us then check out our top five predictions for the year 2025!
This week, we’ve come across a new development by Volvo which involves a self-parking car that is capable of parking itself without any human intervention.
Imagine you’ve arrived in a city for a meeting and you’re late – you want to get parked up as quickly as possible but you just can’t seem to find a spot free in the car park – well the team at Volvo now has the solution with its new concept car developed to self-park.
Not only is the new concept car capable of finding a vacant space in the road and parking itself with no input from a driver, it can also interact with other cars and pedestrians which might get in its way.
Thomas Broberg, Volvo Car Group’s senior safety advisor, said: “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.”
The way it works is that transmitters in the road surface inform the driver that automated parking is available; the Volvo then uses sensors to find a free parking space, and simply drives into it. Automatic braking means the car should safely deal with any other cars or people who may be moving around the car park.
“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,” explained Broberg.
Although completely autonomous parking is some way off for series production cars, Volvo will launch increasingly automated cars in the future, starting with autonomous steering in the all-new Volvo XC90, which will be revealed at the end of 2014.