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.

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And if it ever caught on, little oiks would delight in hanging around in multi-stories, then standing in the way every time a car tried to auto-park until it timed out.

Stupid idea! Who's going to stop outside a car park, get everyone and everything they want out of the car (causing a queue in the process) to let the car drive off by itself?

Should cause some lengthy queues at the paying booth on the way out too!

I was expecting to read somewhere in the article that this option was "only available for female buyers"

there's going to be a bit of a legal issue with the insurance. What happens when the computer runs over a pedestrian? who gets sued?

Any suggestions for makes where the manufacturers have already fitted a device where the car drives itself? Let me kick off with Audi and Toyota!

surely this isnt news Audi have had this developed for at least two years with i think Toyota/Lexus the same?

do you really think these are designed to work in your local town centre?

Duh! They will require designed for purpose or adapted car parks with different arrangements than at present.

Kind of defeats the object of the functionality.

How long do you think it will take to build these specially designed or adapted car parks? Duh!

Some people have no vision.
It's a new technology , like electric cars were designed before there were charging points etc. How long before there are enough charging points for all cars? Double-Duh!

Nope. Charging points dont require massive new infrastructure unlike the 'purpose built adapted car parks' somebody mentioned.

Not even close and certainly no cigar. Triple D'uh!

I saw this on Thunderbirds once, but it all ended up bursting into flames and exploding.

Volvo know their clientele well, why not just get public transport if you don't want to park or drive the car you bought.