Trying to find a parking space in a city center isn't just frustrating at times, but can also waste time, cost money and result in needless tailpipe emissions. We've already seen a prototype from BMW that uses data from cars to predict where free spaces can be found, and now Bosch has revealed a system where the parking spaces themselves are used to inform drivers where they can park.
Car doors can be ungainly when they're being opened, smacking into
things like garage walls, light posts, or the body panels of other cars.
While some groups have developed side bumpers
to minimize the damage, a group of German high school students has come
up with an alternative – a system that stops the door from opening
before it can hit anything.
If a parking space is tight, it's helpful to have a friend guide you in from the sidewalk. To demonstrate the parking sensor technology of the Fiat 500, marketing agency Leo Burnett designed a video billboard that acts as that helpful friend. Sensors are used to gauge a car's location in relation to parked vehicles and Human Parking Aid onscreen helpers show how much room for maneuver the driver has.
Trying to find a place to park your car in busy areas can be stressful and time-consuming. BMW's new Dynamic Parking Prediction system is aimed at making things a bit easier. The research project uses digital mapping and fleet data to predict where there will be free spaces nearby.