Ford Shows Off Self Parking Car Technology with Remote Control Option
October 8, 2013 10:51 AM
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.
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