I’ve always been fond of new technology such as the self parking cars which have been around now for couple years. I have to say though, I don’t think they can actually park the cars in super-tight spots like some here in San Francisco where sometimes it requires you to actually “bump” cars.
Do I really need to spend another $2000 on self parking car feature when I have learned how to do it myself over the 15+ years of driving in metropolitan cities? No thanks robots, I will still park my big, fat SUV with no cameras and self parking car feature.
But for those of you parallel-parking dummies who live in the country, you might definitely need this, no pun intended. 🙂
Self-parking cars aren’t really a new idea, but with the design the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory is working on, only minimal modifications are required a vehicle’s stock options. The main sensor systems consist of a camera mounted on the rear view mirror, a front radar, and ” couple little off the shelf LIDAR units mounted on the sides.” They’ll need to make a few more modification to take care of the system’s inability to detect obstacles (be it people or terrain), but other than that tiny detail, this is the best autonomous parking prototype I’ve seen so far.