- Volvo is offering an autonomous car that takes away two of the biggest annoyances drivers ever have – finding that #%$&!!! parking spot, and then everybody gets out of the car and it parks itself without scraping another vehicle or metal post.
- Driving would have its stress points reduced a couple of notches.
- Volvo is working with a company called ParkMe to add this valuable feature to its lineup; ParkMe uses smart phones and transportation infrastructure technologies to find open parking spaces.
- “Autonomous parking is a concept technology that relieves drivers of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space,” said Thomas Broberg, a senior safety advisor at Volvo Car Group. “The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later.”
- It comes from “vehicle to infrastructure” technology (V2I) linking cars’ onboard systems to mobile devices, along with a collection of transmitters in road infrastructure. Vehicle accesses sensors to find and navigate to open parking spaces. Designers are confident the technology is built to protect the car, other cars, and pedestrians.
- Volvo tested out self-parking systems along with other autonomous vehicle projects, completing testing last year, through its Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE)
- Working with seven other companies, SARTRE moved forward on driverless cars – a Volvo truck lead a train of cars along a roadway using sensors and radar to “link” them together. Vehicles in “train” traveled at speeds of nearly 60 mph while spaced about 15 feet apart.