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Friday, December 19, 2014

BMW Will Demo Self-Parking, Smartwatch-Controlled i3 At CES 2015

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings greats gadgets on display every year and a lot of buzz is created by automakers. CES 2015 which kicks off on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, will be no different.

According to a press release, BMW will showcase its latest technology at the event. This includes 360-degree collision avoidance and fully-automated parking in multi-storey car parks.

What's more - The self-parking feature includes full control via a smartwatch app. More details are below.

Back in September this year, Apple announced the upcoming Apple Watch and had a snippet of information on BMW's upcoming i app. It was also announced that the i app would include a wide range of features which were not highlighted at Apple's event.

Looks like the fully-automated parking feature will be built in to the i app too. BMW has announced that its research vehicle, the BMW i3, will be on display at CES 2015. The two main features they will demo will be 360-degree collision avoidance and the fully-automated parking.

The collision avoidance technology will use four advanced laser scanner to record the environment and reliably identify impediments such as columns or walls. BMW has been testing this feature for quite a few years now just like other companies like Google and Tesla.

The self-parking feature will require a preloaded map of a parking structure (digital site plan). Drivers will be able to activate the feature from their smartwatch (no details on compatible smartwatch brands). The system will then steer the vehicle independently through different levels of a multi-storey parking garage for a vacant spot.

Once the BMW i3 has found a parking spot, it locks itself and waits to be called by the smartwatch and a voice command. The fully-automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant then calculates the exact time until the driver arrives at the car park and starts up the BMW i3 so that it arrives at the car park exit at exactly the right time.

Sounds like the Knight Rider concept may soon become a reality. 'Bout time it did!

You can read the rest of the press release from BMW's website.

Source: BMW

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