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Volkswagen plans to roll out cars with autonomous parking technology in 2020

By Polycount ยท 7 replies
Apr 16, 2018
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  1. Autonomous cars may be getting some unwanted attention following recent incidents involving Tesla and Uber but that isn't stopping the industry at large from moving forward. Companies like General Motors and Volkswagen are continuing to work on their own self-driving car technology independently.

    In the latter company's case, we finally have a bit more information regarding what they're working on behind closed doors. In a news release today, Volkswagen announced their intention to produce cars with fully-autonomous parking systems sometime in 2020.

    "Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers," Volkswagen said in their announcement. "We therefore want to democratise the technology and make it accessible to as many people as possible."

    From the information Volkswagen has provided so far, it sounds like the company will be using Audi and Porsche vehicles to test their auto-parking technology in "selected multi-storey car parks."

    Initially, the company's semi-autonomous vehicles will have their "own, separate traffic flow" to keep them away from human-controlled vehicles.

    To ensure the technology is completely safe, Volkswagen will be rolling it out in stages. Initially, the company's semi-autonomous vehicles will have their "own, separate traffic flow" to keep them away from human-controlled vehicles. In later testing stages, the company intends to mix them in with the general population to see how they behave.

    "Our clear objective is autonomously driving vehicles that facilitate mobility for everyone at the push of a button and that gives people back time and quality of life as well as greatly improving safety on the roads," Volkswagen's Johann Jungwirth said in a statement. "Autonomous parking is a milestone on the way there."

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,648   +1,879

    *article from 2020*

    "Driver Hit by Own Car in Self Parking Accident"

    "Witnesses say the driver was standing behind the car as it was backing up, police are investigating as to who was at fault"

    *Comments section*

    User1: see, this is why we can't have self driving cars!!!

    User 2: he was standing behind the car, he knew where it was going to go when he told it to park.

    User 1: you're just a bad driver! The technology is flawed

    *insert IQ lowering comments*
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,433   +2,890

    And the judges present their scores:

    9.1 9.3 8.9 2.0 9.9

    Sorry, low scoring judge works for Tesla .......
     
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  4. NahNood

    NahNood TS Booster Posts: 99   +31

    "Volkswagen plans to roll out cars with autonomous parking technology in 2020" -- Yeh but will they cheat?
     
  5. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 269   +257

    Only if bouncing off of other cars is considered cheating.
     
  6. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 309   +156

    It's amazing how many people really, really struggle with parallel parking. If Volkswagen, or anybody, nails this they'll be sitting pretty.
     
  7. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,648   +1,879

    Parallel parking assist has been around for years, they're talking about parking automation. It's essentially making vallets irrelevant
     
  8. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 309   +156

    Hah, you're right. I know nothing about cars. Still, though, a friend pointed out to me last summer how much difficulty many people go through, and I watched some individuals struggle for five or ten minutes before giving up.
     

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