Get ready for a new prototype system that will park a car automatically in a multi-story car park now without the presence of a driver or the use of GPS. BMW is using its i3 electric city car to research the possibility of automated parking in multi-story parking lots.
This Remote Valet Parking Assistance technology comprises of onboard laser scanners along with a map of car park’s layout to allow the driver to exit the vehicle before it directs itself autonomously through the structure.
The car will then park on an empty spot, get locked itself and wait for the driver to depart. The Remote Valet Parking Assistance is controlled by the driver’s smart watch which is also capable of monitoring the location of driver so the car can find them at the car park exit.
BMW informs that the same sensor technology can also be used to make accident free driving possible. Just like the autonomous emergency braking systems found in vehicles, the system designed by the Bavarian car brand displays 360 degrees around the car and works to stop the car when it detects any problem.
BMW will showcase this new technology aboard an i3, their latest fully electric car combining its green drivetrains as well as driver safety systems. However this is not the first time BMW have experimented in autonomous driving. A development version of a modified 33oi in 2009 known as the Track Trainer navigated the 22.8km, 154-corner Nordschlefe circuit using the ideal racing line at racing speeds.
This self-parking i3 of BMW will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), this will start from 6 January to 9 January in Las Vegas.