Ford Wants To Take Care Of Parking For You

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Drive to a garage, get out, and let the car find a parking spot all on its own.

Despite advances over the years to make parking cars easier, people still can't seem to park properly. In order to help with such things, cars like the BMW 7 Series can be remotely parked. Often, a vacant bay can't be occupied because somebody parked askew or pulled in too close to one side, but Ford is working on a solution for this. Sure, Tesla has an automatic parking system with summoning as part of its Autopilot suite, but Ford's tech goes deeper. Unlike the services offered by other automakers, Ford's tech places a greater focus on maximizing usable space in a parking lot.

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The tech is being showcased on a Ford Escape but is a collaboration between the Blue Oval, bedrock, and Bosch. It uses infrastructure-based sensors in Bedrock's Michigan property The Assembly Garage. How it works is this: the driver of a car with compatible technology enters the parking garage, exits the vehicle, and then selects the automatic parking option from his or her smartphone. Instead of you looking for a parking space, the system will choose one for you and the car will find it. When you're done with your errands, the car can be summoned via your smartphone again. As you'd expect, the tech includes sensors to prevent running over pedestrians or crashing into other vehicles.

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The companies claim that automated valet parking can help parking lots pack in 20 percent more vehicles in the same space. But what's most exciting about this innovation is that it can be used to send the car to a car wash or a charging station too, although we assume that charging an electric vehicle without the driver being present to attach a cable to the car can only work with wireless charging tech. If you're interested in seeing the innovation at work, Ford, Bedrock, and Bosch are hosting a demonstration in downtown Detroit. It seems that the age of AI is drawing nearer and nearer.

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