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Volvo Self-Parking Car Concept Debuts


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Just the Facts:
  • A Volvo self-parking car concept is not headed for showrooms just yet but previews autonomous driving, the automaker said on Thursday.
  • The smartphone-enabled system finds a spot, parks itself and then later meets the driver at a predetermined location.
  • Volvo is pitching it as a time saver.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — A Volvo self-parking car concept is not headed for showrooms just yet but previews autonomous driving, the automaker said on Thursday.

The smartphone-enabled system finds a spot, parks itself and then later meets the driver at a predetermined location.

Volvo is pitching it as a time saver. But the automaker hasn't said how much such technology will add to the cost of a vehicle.

"Autonomous parking is a concept technology that relieves the driver of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space," said Thomas Broberg, Volvo Car Group senior safety advisor, in a statement. "The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later."

The setup requires Vehicle 2 Infrastructure technology or transmitters embedded in the road. The driver uses a mobile phone application to activate the autonomous parking function and then walks away from the car.

The vehicle uses sensors to navigate to a free parking space. Volvo said the driverless car interacts safely with other cars and pedestrians.

"It might arrive sooner than you think," said a Volvo YouTube video demonstrating the new technology.

Volvo said it will debut autonomous steering, another step on the road to self-driving cars, in the next-generation Volvo XC90 in late 2014.

Edmunds says: Volvo says it wants to free up drivers to do other tasks. But is this something that people really want?

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