The race for complete production-ready autonomous vehicles is on (cue the Jestons Theme Song) Yes, Cars that park themselves! Ford Motor Co. says it has developed a car that can sniff out open parking spaces ahead — and then park itself in that space, even without a driver behind the wheel. If the parking spot is really narrow, with little room to open the car door and exit — the driver can get out of the car and guide the whole parking process by remote control. Very James Bond!

 

 

 

According to The Detroit News, Ford’s Fully Assisted Parking Aid is quite simple: Ultrasonic sensors can detect an open parallel, diagonal or perpendicular parking space ahead while a vehicle is traveling up to 18 miles per hour, with enough lead time that the driver doesn’t overshoot the space.