Volvo has come up with a concept car that can find and park in an available parking spot autonomously without the driver in the car. The driverless car can also interact safely with non-autonomous vehicles and pedestrians in the parking lot.
When the service is available, transmitters in the road infrastructure will alert the driver who then uses a cellphone app to activate the Autonomous Parking system. The vehicle uses sensors to localise and navigate to a free parking space. The procedure is reversed when the driver comes back to pick up the car.
“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,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.
Catch the self-parking car in action in this video…