Self-driving Audis demonstrated
Entirely automated cars can park themselves by remote control. Lordy.
The system works by analysing the car’s surroundings with the use of radar sensors, a wide-angle video camera, eight ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner. Using the information it determines from these sources, it then helps to steer the car ‘within certain constraints’, and takes care of acceleration and braking for you. The system works whether or not there are lane markings, and will react to cars moving in and out of the lane ahead.
This is all pretty space-age stuff, but Audi says that these demonstrators show how this technology could be adapted for its future models, meaning you can expect to see it on the options list of Audi’s higher-end models before too long. So, the next time you see an A8 pulling into a car parking space, don’t be surprised if there’s nobody at the wheel...
As for parking by remote control - there is no need for this. Just because there is an "app for that" does not mean it is clever or necessary.
Audi - You remember how excited we all were when you made the Quattro ? The nicely understated original A4 ? The thundering R8 ? Your rallying success, your decent diesel engines, etc etc... please, try and excite us with innovative engineering again. This stuff is cack.