Luxury automobile maker, BMW, will showcase its recent advances in autonomous vehicle research including the smartwatch-operable Remote Valet Parking Assistant, at the CES 2015.
Automobile maker to unveil cars that your smartwatch can park
Using a smartwatch, users can activate the parking assistant and have it automatically steer the car towards a space in a multi-story car park before locking the vehicle in anticipation of a summons.
The i3 research vehicle is equipped with four "advanced laser scanners," which can map and identify hazards within an environment. This data can be used by the i3's on-board assistance system to automatically trigger brakes when needed.
Also, BMW says the information gathered by the scanners can be combined with the digital site plans of a building to allow for independent navigation.
The announcement follows a demonstration from CES 2014, where BMW introduced a self-driving car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Audi also showcased similar technologies last year, except that the company's vehicles required the use of a venue that has been specifically fitted with laser scanners.
In contrast, BMW's Remote Valet Parking Assistant can potentially function in any structure, so long as an architectural blueprint is available.
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