Ford Demonstrates Autonomous Parking SystemAugust 27, 2020
German automakers are experimenting with automatic parking technology, and finally, thanks to a partnership between Bosch and Ford, it has become available in the United States.
As part of the collaboration, the companies installed Bosch smart parking infrastructure at the Assembly Garage. The intelligent parking infrastructure interacts with the communications-equipped Ford Escapes crossover. Parking sensors detect cars, pedestrians and other hazards and use this information to direct the Escape to an empty parking space.
While the system is only in demo mode for now, the technology will allow people to drive up to the garage, get out of the car, and use their smartphone to tell the car to park. When the owner is ready to leave, he needs to go to the designated landing zone and send a command to the car so that they come for them.
It will likely be some time before parking lots and cars are equipped with technology that will make automatic parking in offices ubiquitous, but Ford Chief Technology Officer Ken Washington said, “We believe automatic parking technology holds great promise” and aligns with their vision for the future. , in which “more and more automated vehicles that are better aware of the situation around.”
Ford officials said the system allows parking spaces to be more efficient as they can accommodate up to 20% more vehicles in the same space. The company also noted that garages can be equipped with automated services such as car washes or charging stations.
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