Self-Parking BMWs by 2009

By Errol Pierre-Louis  |  Posted 2006-07-13 Print this article Print

Soon, your Beamer will park itself while you stand and watch.

Following the trend of human control giving way to automation, BMW has developed an automated parking system that lets its vehicles park themselves. With a push of a button, your Beamer will slot itself into the garage while you watch from outside. The Mercedes S-Class and some Lexus models also have parking assistance systems, but the driver must remain in the vehicle in order to use them. According to Wired News, BMW plans to make remote control parking available within 3 years.

To set up the system, youll install a reflective lens against the wall at the head of the parking space. A cam mounted on your BMWs front windshield will measure the distance and angle of the car relative to the lens. The car uses information from the sensors to calculate an entry trajectory, then navigates the vehicle into its parking spot.

This advanced parking assistance system builds on existing BMW technology such as park distance control , which uses ultrasonic sensors to help you judge the distance from your car to other cars and to unseen objects when youre parking. Parking assistance will use the same sensors to brake and steer around objects in the cars trajectory.

Read the full story on TechnoRide : Self-Parking BMWs by 2009
Errol Pierre-Louis is an editorial intern at PC Magazine, also writing for the Gearlog and TechnoRide Web sites. Pierre-Louis is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in English. He has been a staff writer for the Georgetown Voice as well as a contributor to Georgetown's The Fire This Time.

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