Autonomous cars
are impressive displays of in-car technology, but what exactly would the benefit of such systems be for the average driver? Audi has answered that question by showing off its Piloted Parking system for the Audi Connect at CES 2013.

Installed on this Audi A7, Piloted Parking allows a driver to drop themselves off and have the car autonomously drive away on its own and find its own parking spot. The car can then later be retrieved by "calling" it back with a specially designed smartphone app. We'd be lying if we said this didn't bring back memories of Michael Knight summoning KITT with his wristwatch. The most impressive part of this car might be the fact that the car is fully autonomous but doesn't have any obvious sensors or monitors on the exterior of the car like many other self-driving cars have.

Check out a video of the this innovative technology in action after the jump.


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      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would absolutely lower my blood pressure whenever I have to go to a mall.
        NicksGarage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        Funny, it would raise mine if I saw your car creeping through the parking garage without a driver. Of course you could have run playing tag with the car while it's trying to park.
      Kyngfish
      • 1 Year Ago
      They fail to show the second part in the video on the way home, the car awakens into consciousness, takes a microsecond to contemplate its existence and purpose and decides on vengeance. Locking all of the windows and doors, the woman starts screaming when the A7 takes control of the steering and drives her straight into a barrier at an electronically limited 155 mph. As the A7 slips into blessed oblivion, the beautiful, angry LED lights go out for the final time, while horrified spectators gather and hear what can only be described as a somewhat stilted, mechanical sigh. Life.
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kyngfish
        Take care of your cars, folks! Washes and oil changes keep them happy!
      agtsmith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think there's an Audi Engineer hiding beneath the driver's seat. Lol...
      Mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me, or does it look like it takes a long time to respond to steering needs? More than a couple of times it looked like it was heading on a collision course before the car began to correct itself.
      joeboarder108
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do we know this isn't another chair costume?
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is cool with vehicle to vehicle communication technology you could avoid accident from people backing out of spaces or speeding in the parking lot. The real selling feature is i wont have to run to the car in the rain just call for the car and wait till it pulls up .
      theharpyeagle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it pay for the parking too? If so, I would like one of those.
      SPcamert
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see a lot of problems with this if they didn't include the human aspect of things. 1. Is it programmed to give enough space on either side to allow opening the doors on the non-auto-piloted cars around it? 2. What if it encounters another vehicle breaking the rules of the parking structure? 3. Does it know if the space is a handicapped one or not?
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a waste to use the full headlights and power up the nav screen when it knows nobody is in the car. Well, is this the future or isn't it? Great concept, I'm sure it'll move quite a bit faster once the bugs are worked out, and in subsequent generations (naturally). Come on people, lets not simply dismiss this new tech just because it still needs development! The first automobiles needed development too, and there were many folks who stuck to their tried-and-true horses and carriages... for a while.
      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm more interested in knowing about the security/encryption of these connections. What is to stop someone from using it to mow down a contracted hit and blame it on the software?
        Ricky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter_G
        EXACTLY my concern! First thing I thought of!
      Soul Shinobi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sexy gloves.
      Alexander Yarushin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I spent 6 month researching the automarket. I chose Audi and never regreted. Audi, you rock.
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