John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Audi’s piloted parking program.
Audi spends 8 percent of their gross revenue on research and development. Batchelor saw the video of the Audi parking itself and loved the idea.
This not only saves time it saves gasoline. When a person is parking a car they look for the closest parking space. when a car parks itself they don’t care where it parks or whether it is raining, they look for the first parking space. There is no getting in the car turning on the car and then answering a phone call and sitting there while the gasoline is being used. As soon as you tell your smart phone to tell your car to meet you at the lobby it comes down and meets you in front of the lobby.
Piloted parking saves dings and dents on your car. Cars are parked so tightly together that the driver can ding another car getting in and out of the car. With piloted parking no one gets in and out of the car.
The car will stop immediately if it senses an obstacle, but someday there would be garages that didn’t allow people in the garage, only cars. Upon reaching it’s final position, it shuts off the engine, deactivates the ignition and locks the doors. It then sends a confirmation to the driver, via smartphone.
Getting out of your own garage or a parking space is just as convenient and easy at the push of a button. As soon as the vehicle has completed the maneuver to get out of the garage, the driver and passengers can easily get in and drive off.