Volvo Poised to Relieve Two Big Headaches for Drivers

SITUATION:

  • Vol­vo is offer­ing an autonomous car that takes away two of the biggest annoy­ances dri­vers ever have – find­ing that  #%$&!!! park­ing spot, and then every­body gets out of the car and it parks itself with­out scrap­ing anoth­er vehi­cle or met­al post.
  • Dri­ving would have its stress points reduced a cou­ple of notch­es.
  • Vol­vo is work­ing with a com­pa­ny called ParkMe to add this valu­able fea­ture to its line­up; ParkMe uses smart phones and trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture tech­nolo­gies to find open park­ing spaces.
  • “Autonomous park­ing is a con­cept tech­nol­o­gy that relieves dri­vers of the time-con­sum­ing task of find­ing a vacant park­ing space,” said Thomas Broberg, a senior safe­ty advi­sor at Vol­vo Car Group. “The dri­ver just drops the vehi­cle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place lat­er.”

SIGNIFICANCE:

  • It comes from “vehi­cle to infra­struc­ture” tech­nol­o­gy (V2I) link­ing cars’ onboard sys­tems to mobile devices, along with a col­lec­tion of trans­mit­ters in road infra­struc­ture. Vehi­cle access­es sen­sors to find and nav­i­gate to open park­ing spaces. Design­ers are con­fi­dent the tech­nol­o­gy is built to pro­tect the car, oth­er cars, and pedes­tri­ans.
  • Vol­vo test­ed out self-park­ing sys­tems along with oth­er autonomous vehi­cle projects, com­plet­ing test­ing last year, through its Safe Road Trains for the Envi­ron­ment (SARTRE)
  • Work­ing with sev­en oth­er com­pa­nies, SARTRE moved for­ward on dri­ver­less cars – a Vol­vo truck lead a train of cars along a road­way using sen­sors and radar to “link” them togeth­er. Vehi­cles in “train” trav­eled at speeds of near­ly 60 mph while spaced about 15 feet apart.

SOURCE:  The Detroit Bureau

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