Volvo self-parking system

Volvo V40 self-parking
20 Jun, 2013 10:58am Luke Madden

Volvo is developing a system that allows owners to send their car off to find a parking space by itself

Volvo is developing a self-parking system for its cars so drivers can park up outside a multi-storey car park, and allow the car to find a space. It’ll reverse the procedure when called back by the driver.

The autonomous parking system is still just a concept but Auto Express will be at a media event next week where we’ll have the chance to try the system. It works using transmitters in the road outside a car park to alert owners that the self-parking system is available.

From that point, drivers open a smartphone app to activate the system and the car will drive off to find a free space using sensors for auto brake and pedestrian detection. "Our approach is based on the principle that autonomously driven cars must be able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users," said Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car.

The technology won’t be available in the next couple of years but Volvo will introduce self-steering on the next XC90. "The autonomous parking and platooning technologies are still being developed. However, we will take the first steps towards our leadership aim by introducing the first features with autonomous steering in the all-new Volvo XC90, which will be revealed at the end of 2014," says Broberg.