BMW has revealed an advanced new laser scanning system that promises to take the pain out of parking in tight multi-storey garages - and save you time doing so to as well.
The move effectively ups the ante in terms of bringing fully autonomous driving to the motoring masses.
Set to make its public premiere at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next month, BMW’s so-called Remote Valet Parking Assistant allows its latest research vehicle to park itself fully automatically and then be hailed again – all via a simple spoken command into a smart watch app.
Based on a modified version of the i3, the new BMW uses four state-of-the-art laser scanners to continuously examine its surroundings and provide guidance to a separate operating system that oversees the primary autonomous driving functions of propulsion, steering and braking.
All the driver has to do is pull up at the entry to the parking garage and active the Remote Valet Parking Assistant app.