• Apr 23, 2008
The honchos at VW decided that Park Assist (PA) wasn't enough. That's where the car parallel parks itself while you twiddle your thumbs behind the wheel, and when the Fasten Seat Belt sign is extinguished you can get out and go on about your business. The latest development from VW is called Park Assist Vision (PAV), and it will park the car for you in any kind of spot -- parallel or perpendicular -- and you don't even need to be in the car.

A PAV-equipped car is ringed with cameras and ultrasonic sensors, and when you find a spot you want, you select it on a touchscreen. You place the car in "P" and get out if you have that much faith in technology not to scratch your paint. Your remote control keyfob tells the car what to do from then on, and the car parks itself, shuts down and locks itself up, as any happy android car should.

PAV is still in development, but it's a neat idea. It could especially come in handy when trying to slip into one of those ever-shrinking "compact" parking spaces, since it's so hard to get out of the car once you get in the space. Now if they could develop a feature that actually locates available parking spaces for you, we'd be in business.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago


      Given the electrical problems many VW owners have had, I wonder how many of them will order the AutoPark option?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw it at Hanover Fair this week. It was very impressive as the driver left the car at a bad angle and the car managed to squeeze into the spot as in the photo with little problem and fairly quickly. I was told that the system will be available on the Passat CC when launched but, sadly, you will have to stay in the car to make it work. I am sure liability is a big issue.

      The CC is a very nice car when fitted with the expensive fancy interior. They also had an UP! and lots of design and manufacturing technology on the VW stand (Hanover Fair is an industrial and engineering show)
      • 6 Years Ago
      ''Now if they could develop a feature that actually locates available parking spaces for you, we'd be in business. ''

      Tom-tom has already been testing this feature for a while now. It's expected to be up and running in 2010
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I don't think that parking spaces are getting smaller. I could be wrong but I think there has been a trend of cars getting larger recently...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So you want it to auto park into one of those tiny compact car spots since you won't be able to get out.....but then how do you get back in? Brilliant idea Autoblah....BRILLIANT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yup...just what we need to dumb down the population even more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm curious...it might be a good thing for those li'l tiny parking places with no door room, so you don't have to open the door to get out...but does it also pull back out of the space when you return, so you can get back IN?

      I thought not.

      • 6 Years Ago
      it will require a driver when VW put that system into the production car so that they don't have to take the responsiblity when accident happen.

      in fact, i have no doubt that Lexus's auto parking can function without a driver, they just don't want to take the responsibility. same reason for all the laser guided cruse control will not bring you to a complete halt.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I don't see the real usefulness of this features, any new feature allowing for more automation is one step closer to a fully automated car.

      I know some purists will balk at the idea of a car that drives itself, but if I can get an extra 20-30 min sleep in the morning while the car drives me to work, I'll get it and keep a "toy" that I can drive myself from time to time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you can't get out of your car, how are you going to get back in? Through the sunroof?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just add a remote that pulls your car forward when you want to get back in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      most impressive, hopefully it doesn't hit the cool wall
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absurdity is becoming the norm almost everywhere these days. We need cars that will park themselves like we need airbags on the outside of cars to protect bicycle riding weinies in Holland. How about a little effort being put into something useful like devices that explode when cars are tampered with by thieves. Michigan won't even notice the additional pot holes caused by the explosions brought about by disbelieving criminal types.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL, sign me for one of those, hahaha
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