Yesterday, we talked about a group of scientists from Stanford’s Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory that have been working on an robotic Audi TTS and their ambitious attempt at running the fully automated vehicle at the Pikes Peak climb.

It turns out that the Audi TTS isn’t the only car these geniuses have been working on. In addition to the Audi TTS, the scientists also have a standard-looking VW Passat in tow, and while it looks unspectacular, to say the least, the Passat also comes with the some highly-advanced computer gear in the trunk that allows the car to park itself without any manual assistance.

Amazing as it sounds, the technology does have a few catches of its own. For the technology to show off its true worth, the car needs to have a layout of the area where it’s parking and, in addition to that, the computers inside the Passat have no means of detecting outside forces that may obstruct the car from parking on its own.

Nevertheless, a car that parks by itself is still something none of us have in our garages and it’s worth noting that in the event the technology goes mainstream in the future, you should know that the whole genius of an idea was made to fruition by these guys over a Stanford.

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Source: Bot Junkie

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3 comments:

  (666) posted on 03.24.2010

To much sensors and bulky gadgets they used, but of course its for testing only

  (808) posted on 02.25.2010

That video is actually a little scary as the car is somewhat wobbling on its entrance or something. Anyhow, I don’t think that there is a need for such technology but if it can park from the restaurant to the parking lot, then we wont need no valet no more.

  (1332) posted on 02.1.2010

thats was impressive, well a lot of research and test should be done. also in the near future, on board computers will turn into smaller and compact.

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