Volvo Car Group has developed a concept for autonomous parking that allows the driverless car to find and park on a vacant space by itself and even interacts safely with other cars and pedestrians along the way.
"Autonomous Parking is a concept technology that relieves the driver of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space. The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.
The system works with the 'Vehicle 2 Infrastructure' technology that embeds transmitters in the road infrastructure, letting the driver activate the Autonomous Parking via a mobile phone application. Once activated, the vehicle uses sensors to navigate and park itself to a vacant parking space and back to the driver.
The autonomous driving utilizes current Volvo safety technologies like the pedestrian detection and auto braking functions for it to be able to interact safely with other cars and pedestrians in the car park. "Our approach is based on the principle that autonomously driven cars must be able to move safely in environments with non-autonomous vehicles and unprotected road users," explains Thomas Broberg,
Although Volvo's autonomous parking concept is still at its development stage, Volvo promises that the next generation XC90 will be the first Volvo vehicle to feature autonomous steering which will be revealed at the end of 2014.