28 Apr '14, 1pm

Cars that Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot

Sharp eyesight can’t reliably keep you vertical if you have lost your sense of balance, which shows just how important it is to have several different senses at your disposal. That’s the idea behind a system recently proposed by two Korean engineers to make a car better at finding itself a parking spot. Rather than depend on ultrasound sensors mounted on the grille, as some parking programs do, or on cameras mounted on all sides, the researchers fuse the two kinds of sensor. Three, if you count data from the odometer, which measures the movement of the car. The auto industry is working on ways to automate the entire parking process, not just the last bit. And Audi , Volvo and Nissan have all shown off parking-space finders that perform well in controlled circumstances, say by linking to a parking lot’s WiFi system. But to work alone in an uncooperative world, cars will hav...

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