Ford unveils self-parking car technology
By George Underwood
Thanks to Ford, parking may be about to become stress-free, as the company unveils technology that allows cars to park without drrivers alongside a new Obstacle Avoidance system.
In the impressive parking system, only one button press is required to start the car automatically parking. The vehicle searches for a space then moves into it, with the technology operating steering, gear selection and forward and reverse motion by itself to avoid collision. The system can even be operated remotely from outside the car.
Ford has also unveiled a new Obstacle Avoidance technology, which detects slow-moving or stationary objects in the road and automatically steers and brakes the car if drivers fail to do so themselves.
“The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies – including Fully Assisted Parking Aid and Obstacle Avoidance – that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford’s European Product Development vice president.
“Car-buyers are placing a growing emphasis on the ownership experience,” said Sheryl Connelly, Ford Global Trends and Futuring manager, “on purchases that keep them connected on the move –trends that will have an effect on the vehicles, features and services they will choose in the future.”
Have a look at our Videos section for a demonstration of the new system.