According to The Asahi Shimbun, backing into a tight parking space may soon be as easy as pressing a button, with two Hitachi Group companies developing an automatic system that allows a driver to remotely park a car through a smartphone app.
Two Japanese companies, Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. and Clarion Co, said on Dec. 22 that their new system, which they hope to pitch to automakers as driving support technology, is capable of handling parallel parking as well.
Under the system, when a driver stops a car near a target parking space, exits the car and starts the app on a smartphone, the areas where the car could be parked, as recognized by on-board cameras, are shown on the screen. A controller mounted on the car puts the car in motion and brings it automatically into a parking space if it is selected and a parking button is pressed.
The system also comes with a feature for automatically stopping the car when an obstacle has been detected.
BMW AG of Germany and Tesla Motors Inc. of the United States have taken the lead in equipping their high-end car models with remotely operable automatic parking systems. The latest development by the Hitachi Group companies shows the technology is likely also hitting the road in Japan.
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