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BMW to Debut Self-Parking i3 at 2015 CES

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/15/2014 Kelly Pleskot

At last year's Consumer Electronics Show in January, BMW brought out a smartwatch capable of monitoring a BMW i3's charge status and range. A year later, BMW is bringing back the smartwatch to show off its fully automated parking system.

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BMW is using its i3 electric city car to research the possibility of automated parking in multi-story parking lots. But how does the smartwatch come into play? The driver uses the device to activate the i3's fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant, which will independently steer the vehicle to the correct parking space even after the driver has left the car. According to BMW, the test car's advanced laser scanners can avoid obstacles and poorly parked vehicles even in lots with limited visibility. Heading home, the driver uses the smartwatch to bring the car to the parking lot exit. 2014 BMW i3 eDrive Remote Valet Parking© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW i3 eDrive Remote Valet Parking

The new technology builds off of BMW Active Assist, an array of semi-automated functions the automaker has been working on for years. In previous tests involving automated driving, BMW drove a highly automated car on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, and two years later in 2011, took an automated car on a stretch of freeway from Munich toward Nuremberg without any driver intervention.

BMW is far from the only automaker to play with self-parking cars. Last year, Volvo showed off its parking assist technology using a V40 hatch, and before that, Audi announced work on a piloted driving system for a car with self-parking capabilities.

BMW to Debut Self-Parking i3 at 2015 CES

Source: BMW

2014 BMW i3 eDrive Remote Valet Parking© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW i3 eDrive Remote Valet Parking
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