6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET On Cars: Car Tech 101: Self-parking technology

About Video Transcript

CNET On Cars: Car Tech 101: Self-parking technology

2:19 /

Get the first taste of self-driving cars as they handle the most boring part of driving by themselves.

Now self parking is almost inevitable these days 'cause so many cars already have the part in them to enable it. Let me show you. First of all, here in the front, these are your front parking centers. Lots of cars have these. I'm not sure of the, you know, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep. This corner sensor is a little less common but they're trying to prove aid a cost the automotive industry. Now, in the back of course, we have more sensors as well as the rear camera. They look straight back which gives the car the ability to do some image recognition especially of what's along the side here in terms of the curb distance. And of course, other vehicles often have side cameras into the mirrors and front cameras. They can also be taken in to play. All you have to add to that is a way to turn the wheel. That's where electric power steering is very critical. Lots of cars are using it now for fuel efficiency. Let's drag on the engine but while you're at it, that's a computer addressable steering rack unlike the old dumb hydraulic rams, it all comes together with software. Let me show you. Okay. I enabled the automatic parking and now the car says, is scanning for a parking space on the right side. A parking space big enough for this vehicle. That's the key thing a lot of people can judge that very well. Okay, so it found one, hold a little further forward and then it tells you where to put the car into reverse. And now, hands off the wheel and just nibble it back. I'm just gonna use creep. Once I get this thing rolling and just work the brake. Hands off and it's reading all of its sensors, camera, it's looking for the distance to the cars, distance to the curb, angle of the car, working that electric power steering rack, that's a key technology. This space is really tight. It's gonna require some back-end fill. Now I'm watching at the back here so I don't bump into that car right there. It says here to stop, going to drive. It goes full lock, all the way forward. And it's gonna come in to come back in the middle. This nibbling logic, to me is really impressive. That says stop now, go back and reverse. And let's see how this is gonna work. Look at this. That's pretty good. Now I'm gonna pull it forward, do a little last nibble. That is a pretty good parking job.

New releases

The Renault Megane 275 Trophy is a Lord of the Ring
8:56 November 27, 2014
When someone dared to take the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring away from Renault, the Frenchmen fought back The result is the Megane...
Play video
How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to Jurassic World, and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video
Razor scooters drive electric
1:54 November 26, 2014
Razor's small E100 and larger E300 electric scooters make for a fun ride, but don't expect much in the way of features.
Play video