[vendtalk] 10 Years Away - Audi's Self-Piloted Car Picks You Up

Vandervoort's vandervoorts at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 9 02:43:19 UTC 2013

Note:  Probably where the world will go one day - no driver cars!  Here is
Audi's offering in the works . . . 


Audi's Self-Piloted Car Picks You Up


For the video got to:


By Joanna Stern <http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/author/joanna-stern/>  | ABC
News Blogs <http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/>  - 2 hrs 42 mins ago

LAS VEGAS - Forget valet parking. The car of the future can find a spot for
you and then pick you up.

And the future has driven to CES 2013 <http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/> .
Audi's Connect car
80>  not only drives and parks itself but the iPhone is its key.

"Imagine you are at a shopping center and you want the car to pick you up.
That's exactly what it will do," Annie Lien, Audi Senior Engineer, told ABC

Click Here for Full Coverage: CES 2013 <http://abcnews.go.com/technology>  

We witnessed it firsthand. At a demo at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las
Vegas, Audi set up a working demonstration of the technology. Press the
Pickup button on the Audi app, and you can set the time at which you want
the parked car to come pick you up. Tap the button again and it will turn on
the ignition and come get you. No one in the driver's seat.

How does it work? Audi has been developing its own self-driving technology,
which it prefers to call piloted parking or driving. (It says it wants to
stress that humans can take control at any time.) The car uses twelve
ultrasound sensors to navigate and avoid obstacles. It parks itself with a
combination of sensors in the car, the garage and roads.

The hope is that parking garages will have computers that communicate with
the car, telling it where there is open space. The car is able to make turns
on its own and knows how to maneuver around the garage with external laser

Click Here: CES 2013 in Pictures

The road to autonomous cars isn't a short one. Today Audi announced that it
has become the first automaker granted a license to drive or operate
autonomous cars in Nevada. Nevada passed a law last year making it legal
approved-in-nevada/>  to test self-driving cars in the state, and other
companies, such as Google, have been granted licenses as well. Audi says it
expects the technology it's working on to be commercially available in the
next decade.

Until then, we'll continue to look for parking on our own.


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