self parking cars

self parking cars

Self Parking Cars

Self-parking cars were originally targeted to premium customers, yet the technology is so useful in the real world that it’s now beginning to reach into some surprisingly mainstream segments. After all, parallel parking remains a tricky task even for an experienced driver, and it’s one that can quickly lead to dents and dings to both the vehicle and the owner’s pride. The latest systems make easy work of parallel and perpendicular parking, however, with the ability to locate adequately sized spots and take over a variety of vehicle functions, from steering to braking to shifting. The newest systems don’t even require that someone’s in the car, as they allow owners to manage automatic parking — and un-parking — from a smartphone app. Meanwhile, Autobytel experts have managed to find 10 best self-parking cars from across the industry.
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Self Parking Cars

Self-parking cars can also help to solve some of the parking and traffic problems in dense urban areas. Sometimes parking a car in a space is restricted by the driver’s skill at parallel parking. A self-parking car can fit into smaller spaces than most drivers can manage on their own. This makes it easier for people to find parking spaces, and allows the same number of cars to take up fewer spaces. When someone parallel parks, they often block a lane of traffic for at least a few seconds. If they have problems getting into the spot, this can last for several minutes and seriously disrupt traffic.
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Self Parking Cars

Photo Credit: Toyota Page 1 of 12 Self-parking cars were originally targeted to premium customers, yet the technology is so useful in the real world that it’s now beginning to reach into some surprisingly mainstream segments. After all, parallel parking remains a tricky task even for an experienced driver, and it’s one that can quickly lead to dents and dings to both the vehicle and the owner’s pride. The latest systems make easy work of parallel and perpendicular parking, however, with the ability to locate adequately sized spots and take over a variety of vehicle functions, from steering to braking to shifting. The newest systems don’t even require that someone’s in the car, as they allow owners to manage automatic parking — and un-parking — from a smartphone app. Meanwhile, Autobytel experts have managed to find 10 best self-parking cars from across the industry.
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Self Parking Cars

Parallel parking is an ordeal for many drivers, but with parking space limited in big cities, squeezing your car into a tiny space is a vital skill. It’s seldom an easy task, and it can lead to traffic tie-ups, frazzled nerves and bent fenders. Fortunately, technology has an answer – cars that park themselves. Imagine finding the perfect parking spot, but instead of struggling to maneuver your car back and forth, you simply press a button, sit back, and relax. The same technology used in self-parking cars can be used for collision avoidance systems and ultimately, self-driving cars.
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Self Parking Cars

In 2003, Toyota began to sell their Japanese Prius hybrid vehicle with an automatic parallel parking capability offered as an option named Intelligent Parking Assist. In 2006, Lexus added a self-parking system to the redesigned Lexus LS sedan; it parallel parks as well as angle parks. In 2009, Ford introduced their Active Park Assist beginning with their Lincoln models; it does parallel parking. In 2010, BMW introduced a system called “parking assistant” on the redesigned 5-series to perform parallel parking.
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Self Parking Cars

Autonomous parking was introduced, physically, about 20 years ago in research prototypes for parallel parking vehicles. Most humans find parallel parking to be difficult to master. There are many reasons for this, but this difficulty and the fact that many space-conscious parking spaces in urban environments require parallel parking has lead to this being a prime area of research for autonomous vehicles. The first vehicle to parallel park was a prototype built in France by the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et an Automatique (INRIA), setting the foundation for what has now become commercially available in self-parking vehicles.
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Self Parking Cars

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is packed with enough technology to give the brand’s flagship S-Class a run for its money, so it’s naturally among the most innovative of the self-parking cars. Thus, the E-Class Parking Pilot does it all, not only steering the car into a parallel — or perpendicular — parking spot, but also handling shifting and braking duties. It also can steer the E-Class back out of the spot, which often is just as tough. Later this year, however, Mercedes plans on raising the bar once again, with a Remote Parking Pilot. With this technology, owners will be able to use a smartphone app for automatic parking, so folks don’t have to worry about squeezing in or out themselves.
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Lexus was the first manufacturer to offer an automated parking feature, setting off a consumer and media frenzy when the self-parking LS 460 sedan was unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show in 2006. The Advanced Parking Guidance System used a sonar sensor on the front bumper to measure the length of the space and distance from the cars. The driver put the car in reverse, which activated the rearview camera on the in-dash display. Pressing the parallel park icon on the touchscreen placed a green indicator square over the parking space, allowing the driver to go hands-free. The steering system then took over and angled the car into the parking space, with the driver applying the brake to slowly ease the car backward and stop once the display indicated close proximity to the other car’s bumper.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz Page 1 of 12 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is packed with enough technology to give the brand’s flagship S-Class a run for its money, so it’s naturally among the most innovative of the self-parking cars. Thus, the E-Class Parking Pilot does it all, not only steering the car into a parallel — or perpendicular — parking spot, but also handling shifting and braking duties. It also can steer the E-Class back out of the spot, which often is just as tough. Later this year, however, Mercedes plans on raising the bar once again, with a Remote Parking Pilot. With this technology, owners will be able to use a smartphone app for automatic parking, so folks don’t have to worry about squeezing in or out themselves.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is packed with enough technology to give the brand’s flagship S-Class a run for its money, so it’s naturally among the most innovative of the self-parking cars. Thus, the E-Class Parking Pilot does it all, not only steering the car into a parallel — or perpendicular — parking spot, but also handling shifting and braking duties. It also can steer the E-Class back out of the spot, which often is just as tough. Later this year, however, Mercedes plans on raising the bar once again, with a Remote Parking Pilot. With this technology, owners will be able to use a smartphone app for automatic parking, so folks don’t have to worry about squeezing in or out themselves.
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Parallel parking is the more common of the semi-automated and automated parking systems available commercially, but perpendicular and angled parking are now also offered by many manufacturers. We have been in Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Volkswagen vehicles capable of both parallel and perpendicular (back-in or nose-in) parking. We’ve also tried angled parking in Toyota vehicles. These vehicles can also usually pull out of their space when directed, which is especially useful in backing out of perpendicular spots in tight quarters and in exiting from tight parallel spaces. As calculating techniques become more sophisticated, obstacles such as irregular spaces, moving objects (pedestrians, bicycles), or curved surfaces (irregular curbs) can be accounted for in parking maneuvers.
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Self-parking is the first big step towards fully automated vehicles. Several manufacturers such as Nissan, Tesla, Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover have shown prototypes that can be controlled via remote control or that are capable of fully parking themselves without any input from the driver. Most in the industry are expecting fully automated vehicles to begin availability by 2020, likely with self-parking or nearly autonomous parking as a primary feature.
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The all-new fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius has all the top-notch fuel-saving technology that drivers have come to expect from the best-selling hybrid in the world, and in fact, it raises standard EPA ratings to a best-in-class 54 MPG city/50 MPG highway/52 MPg combined. But enhancements like a smaller and lighter lithium-ion battery are merely part of the story. There are also enough upgraded occupant-protection features for the Prius to earn a Top Safety Pick+ recognition from the IIHS — with a Superior rating for front crash-prevention technology. And yes, those include Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Intelligent Parking Assist, allowing the Prius Four to proudly take its place with the rest of our self-parking cars — and those with automatic un-parking, too.
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Self parking cars with remote-parking capability are already available in the shape of the 2016 Tesla Model S, with its “Summon” app. This technology can be used by owners to park and unpark Tesla’s all-electric luxury sedan from the comfort of their own smartphones, even to the point of having the car “come greet you at the front door in the morning,” according to the automaker. Prefer to stay behind the wheel as the parking proceeds? The Model S will let customers do that as well. Further, the same comprehensive sensor array that supports the Summon system — and the same ability to digitally control the engine, brakes and steering — also enable the Model S’s other Autopilot functions, including lane keeping, collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control.

Published on Jul 14, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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