The tricky science of parallel parking could be the next of life’s chores to be consigned to the dustbin of history, after Bosch unveils a device today that will allow drivers to park their cars remotely – with but a swipe of their smartphone.
Driverless cars have been on the radar for a while now, but they’re many years away from practical reality, according to the German manufacturer’s chairman Werner Struth.
Instead, he said in a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, it looks like they’ll be preceded by gadgets that’ll automate specific, tricky tasks for drivers, in a step-by-step process designed to acclimatise consumers and politicians to autonomous vehicles.
With Bosch’s Automatic Driver Assistant, sensors are fitted to a car, as well as hardware that allows it both to park and to pull out of a spot, whether the driver is at the wheel or no. The system is activated either with a button on your keyfob, or through a connected smartphone app.
Bosch will fully demonstrate its new tech at the show in Las Vegas later today, but in a preview seen by the BBC, a regular family car was seen parallel parking perfectly into quite a tight spot, with its driver stood outside.
There’s no word so far on when the app will be available to consumers, or how it will be priced.