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

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

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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.

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