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Ford technology can park the car no human intervention

Multiple automakers around the world are working hard on autonomous vehicle technologies. Some of these autonomous technologies are designed to build cars that can drive themselves to and from specific locations with no driver intervention. A lot of automakers are also working on systems that will allow the vehicle to operate itself while the driver is behind the wheel in instances such as heavy traffic or inclement weather.

Now, Ford has shown off a new vehicle technology that allows the car to park itself in a parking space without having a driver behind the wheel. Ford will reportedly showcase the technology at its proving ground in Belgium this week. So far, Ford has announced no intention to integrate this technology into a specific vehicle, but has promised to seriously look at implementing the technology in the future vehicles.

Has an incosiderate driver made getting into your car a tight squeeze? Ford's new tech would allow you to remotely extricate your car from the situation. [Image Credit: SGP]

The Ford system is called Fully Assisted Parking Aid and uses a number of ultrasonic sensors around the vehicle. The sensors are able to detect an open parallel, diagonal, or perpendicular parking space ahead of the vehicle while the vehicle is traveling at up to 18 mph. The driver can then brake, shift the car into neutral, and then press/hold the Fully Assisted Parking Aid button in the car.

The software will then take over and maneuver the vehicle into the parking place. The driver would be able to override the function any time by disengaging the button. If the parking place is so narrow that the driver wouldn't be able to get in or out of the vehicle comfortably, the driver can guide the automated parking process remotely (presumably with a smartphone).

Ford already has a perpendicular parking assist system in production that it unveiled over year ago.

Source: Detroit News

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By Stuka on 10/8/2013 1:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
I like the extrication of the vehicle idea. My apartment has such narrow spots that if a full size vehicle parks on each side of me, I cannot access my vehicle. To be able to remote start and reverse my car automatically 10ft or so, would be amazing.

RE: Backout
By ven1ger on 10/8/2013 4:57:52 PM , Rating: 2
Just like James Bond, use your phone/pad/controller to start and remotely move your car just like a remote controlled car, that'd be awesome.

RE: Backout
By Captain Awesome on 10/9/2013 8:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
You should get a car or SUV with a hatchback so you can go in through the back if the sides are blocked.

Missing feature?
By Ammohunt on 10/8/2013 2:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
No mention of this automatic parking system opening the door into the car next to it after its finished parking in order to leave a little bit of paint maybe a scratch seems like a missing feature.

By KOOLTIME on 10/9/2013 11:44:36 AM , Rating: 2
Well hope they make the sensor on the car auto brake if there is lost of battery.

Lose communications mid back up = CRASH TIME. Hope the breaks do an emergency auto stop fail safe with loss of battery or comm's.

And speed control, hackers would attempt to over ride the default so they can drive faster then it should work also.

These 2 main safety concerns are why its not available to public vehicles yet.

Also Safety issue of blind spot, say person using the system in there drive way while in the house, the car runs over a kid the vehicles detection sensors did not pick up, with the owner out of direct view due to range of control. This could be a issue also.

Their PR team on the dot!
By KIAman on 10/10/2013 2:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
So originally they came up with Fully Assisted Parking, but then realized they needed to throw "Aid" at the end to stop the endless giggling of their engineers.

Cool technology but...
By jharper12 on 10/13/2013 10:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
I for one will be disappointed when I can no longer be the parking avenger. When I see some idiot taking up two parking spots, I intentionally will back in or pull in directly adjacent to his/her driver door so they have to crawl into their car. That is actually the main reason why I haven't bought a nice new car, just for the satisfaction of knowing that I wouldn't care if they keyed my car in anger, etc. I don't want those drivers to have an escape plan, but hey ho, it'll be good for those folks who park well and still get blocked in. Progress.

Waiting for...
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Waiting for...
By Rukkian on 10/8/2013 11:23:49 AM , Rating: 5
Why would this be worse than the average idiot that normally tries to park? This would be able to see a lot more (from the multitude of cameras, sensors, etc), whereas a human is limited to 2 eyes and has many more blind spots.

RE: Waiting for...
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Waiting for...
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 11:40:43 AM , Rating: 5
Just as an aside, by current Focus is available with a parallel park assist feature (you shift gears, control the gas & brake, it steers). That is one option I passed by as more of a gimmick. IMHO if you are not capable of parking a car, regardless of parallel, perpendicular or diagonal, you should not have a driver's license. Period.

RE: Waiting for...
By inighthawki on 10/8/2013 12:13:24 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that people who cannot park probably should not have a license, but I think this is less about being "capable" and more about having an automated feature that can possibly do it better.

I don't think it's really a secret that parking and maneuverability are considered more difficult than actually driving the car. It requires a greater sense of spatial awareness that some people are just not as good at as others. If the feature works well and it makes it easier for some people with this issue to do it, is it really a problem?

RE: Waiting for...
By GotDiesel on 10/8/2013 12:48:33 PM , Rating: 2

lol.. that's about half of the dumbass American population..
self park is good for them..

RE: Waiting for...
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 1:12:44 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Ford IS an American car company :D

RE: Waiting for...
By Rukkian on 10/8/2013 11:51:52 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, your insurance (at least in most states) covers you and your car. If somebody else is driving your car, they are insured by your insurance. This should also go for an auto park.

While I would not want this, I know several people that suck at parking (and backing up in general) like my wife that this would be good for.

RE: Waiting for...
By Jaybus on 10/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: Waiting for...
By tayb on 10/8/2013 4:42:19 PM , Rating: 4
You'll never ever be as good at parking as a robot is right now even with the technology at an early stage. You can't see 365 degrees and can't see at all at night. You also lack fine motor controls, are easily impaired, and make stupid judgement decisions due to the fact that you are a human. If you could somehow guarantee to your insurance company that you would let your car do the parking 100% of the time they would be more likely to give you a discount than increase your rates.

You are also wrong about how insurance works.

Ford's self parking
By Richard875yh5 on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Ford's self parking
By Belegost on 10/8/2013 11:35:22 AM , Rating: 5
"Infernal Combustion Engines, what a foolish way to add cost to a carriage. To bring no mention to the potential consequences of having a tank of flammable liquid on board."

RE: Ford's self parking
By Chyort on 10/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Ford's self parking
By GreenEnvt on 10/8/2013 12:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
I don't support the original poster, but still had to reply to yours.

The ICE when it first appeared on carriages, they didn't offer increased speed or endurance vs a horse powered version. Quite the opposite actually.

RE: Ford's self parking
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 1:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
Very true.

The original 1886 Daimler horseless carriage had a single cylinder two-stroke engine putting bout about 3/4 horsepower. Loud, slow, cantankerous and scared the manure out of the horses. The only advantages it had over a horse & buggy is that it took less room to park and you didn't need a separate building for the 'engine'.

RE: Ford's self parking
By mi1400 on 10/10/2013 12:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
both cars in picture are Honda.

RE: Ford's self parking
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/8/2013 11:43:26 AM , Rating: 2
It would be an option and nto standard equipment. You don't have to pay for it unless you want it.

RE: Ford's self parking
By Samus on 10/8/2013 11:45:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, progress is dumb. Down with progress! Down with all advancement of automotive technology, specifically safety and autonomy!

RE: Ford's self parking
By Dr of crap on 10/9/2013 12:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree with you, take a look at that picture. There are a TON of drivers that can't park. WHY do you think the have parallel park assist. NO ONE can parallel park.

I wouldn't buy it or want it on a used car I was buying, BUT it might help out the 75% of drivers that can't park, and make the rest of less stressed out!

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