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Audi takes cars that park themselves to a whole new level

Posted Jan 11th 2013 10:01AM

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Autonomous cars
are impressive displays of in-car technology, but what exactly would the benefit of such systems be for the average driver? Audi has answered that question by showing off its Piloted Parking system for the Audi Connect at CES 2013.

Installed on this Audi A7, Piloted Parking allows a driver to drop themselves off and have the car autonomously drive away on its own and find its own parking spot. The car can then later be retrieved by "calling" it back with a specially designed smartphone app. We'd be lying if we said this didn't bring back memories of Michael Knight summoning KITT with his wristwatch. The most impressive part of this car might be the fact that the car is fully autonomous but doesn't have any obvious sensors or monitors on the exterior of the car like many other self-driving cars have.

Check out a video of the this innovative technology in action after the jump.



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DMON27

This would be brilliant in cars for handicapped drivers.
I assume they have to have the parking lot mapped though.
I'm waiting for the 'go to the McDonald's drive thru and bring me a burger function'.. :-)

January 11 2013 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Ferguson

This is really cool, however it will be interesting how the car deals with reserved parking or even conclude that it is in fact a parking spot. Plus I would like to know how far it will actually go to park. It would suck if I was at Eaton centre and it found a parking spot on the other side of the city.

January 11 2013 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply