Check out Ford’s fully automated self-parking car [w/video]

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Ford Fully Active Parking Aid demo video

As automakers continue to find uses for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Ford of Europe has announced that it is developing a self-parking system for future use. More advanced than the Active Park Assist already offered in many Ford products, the new Fully Assisted Parking Aid can take full control of the vehicle and can navigate angled and perpendicular parking spots.

While today’s Active Park Assist can only parallel park with the driver controlling the gas, brake and gear selection, Fully Assisted Parking Aid can operate steering, gas, brake and gear selection all while making sure the car is properly parked in the intended space. As with APA, the driver pushes a button to make the car look for a proper spot (at speeds of up to 29 km/h (18 miles per hour)), and when an adequate space is located, the operator pushes another button (either inside the car or outside via remote control) for the car to park itself – the button must be pressed throughout the whole parking maneuver. Even though Ford says that the car can effect gear selections on its own, the system must still start from Neutral, and the automaker isn’t saying whether the car can put itself into Park when done or put itself in Drive when the operator is ready to go.

Ford is also taking the opportunity to announce its new Obstacle Avoidance technology. This automated system is able to detect objects – including pedestrians – in the road, warn drivers of said objects and, if needed, stop and steer automatically to avoid hitting the obstacle. Both systems are still in the prototype phase, so there is no word as to when we could see either on a production vehicle.

Scroll down to watch the Fully Assisted Parking Aid in action (both in CGI and in real-world testing) demonstrated on a Ford Focus, and also check out press releases for both this self-parking and the Obstacle Avoidance system.

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