Autonomous Cars Take a Step Further With Volkswagen Passat that Parks Itself

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Autonomous Cars Take a Step Further With Volkswagen Passat that Parks Itself
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Yes, the above video features a car parking itself. “What’s the big deal,” you ask, seeing as certain Lexus models can already park themselves?
This Passat is different. The car has been modified by the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University to valet park itself. The system uses a night vision camera, cruise control radar, and two tiny laser sensors to both navigate through a parking lot, find an empty space, and park.
After the jump we’ve embedded a second video, taken from the back seat as all of this is taking place. And yes, it’s controlled via iPhone app. Colour us impressed when the system learns how to find us cheap parking…
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Yes, the above video features a car parking itself. “What’s the big deal,” you ask, seeing as certain Lexus models can already park themselves?

This Passat is different. The car, nick named Junior 2 (Junior being the autonomous Audi TT-S), has been modified by the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University to valet park itself. The system uses a night vision camera, cruise control radar, and two tiny laser sensors to both navigate through a parking lot, find an empty space, and park. And besides, the Lexus doesn’t entirely part itself, it still requires a driver in the car to operate the pedals – and to push the auto-park button.

After the jump we’ve embedded a second video, taken from the back seat as all of this is taking place. And yes, it’s controlled via an iPhone app. Color us impressed when the system learns how to find us cheap parking…

[Source: BotJunkie]

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  • Matt

    Actually, it’s called Junior 2 because it is the second iteration of the Stanford/Volkswagon car that placed 2nd in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challange. There are in fact 3 Volkswagon Passat wagons which have been used as testbeds for autonomous urban driving.
    The autonomous Audi TT-S, on the other hand, is called Shelly.