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Can a Car Find a Parking Spot by Itself?

Can a Car Find a Parking Spot by Itself?

MADISON, Wis. -- Call me old-fashioned, but autonomous driving is a concept that has never fired my loins. I picture myself driving on a street in a big city -- say, Boston. I look at the car in the next lane, only to realize that there's no driver there. I mean, it's bad enough driving in Boston. I want somebody I can yell at. So, though I'm stubbornly dubious of autonomous driving, I find myself strangely fascinated with the idea of autonomous parking. Imagine how liberating it would be just to tell your car, "Park somewhere," while you jump out of the driver's seat and head for Legal Sea Foods. There'd be no more late arrivals and lame excuses about not finding a spot. Everyone from Google to Audi and Volvo has been showing off research and development efforts and results for autonomous driving. Audi showed its version of a self-parking car at the International Consumer...

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