A car that has the ability to parallel park itself is not anything new, but Volvo has unveiled a new self parking car concept that can park itself without a driver present.
A car that has the ability to parallel park itself is not anything new, but Volvo has unveiled a new self parking car concept that can park itself without a driver present. The concept finds and parks in a vacant space by itself, without the driver inside.
“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.
How does it work? Vehicle 2 Infrastructure technology transmitters in the road infrastructure, informs the driver when the service is available. The driver uses a mobile phone application to activate the Autonomous Parking and then walks away from the car. The vehicle then uses sensors find a free parking space. The procedure is reversed when the driver comes back to pick up the car.
Combining autonomous driving with detection and auto brake for other objects makes it possible for the car to interact safely with other cars and pedestrians in 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,” says Broberg.