Parking a car with an iPhone is not science fiction anymore, Valeo shows off the technology
posted by Nick T. / Sep 14, 2011, 9:27 AM
Besides browsing the web, bugging your social network buddies, and checking out the latest additions to the App Store, parking a car is now another thing that can be done with an iPhone. The guys from Valeo – a company dedicated to developing and producing components and modules for use in the automotive industry, just demonstrated the technology in action at the 2011 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Although this sounds like a feature reserved only for James Bond's personal ride, versions of the Park4U system, which is what makes all the magic happen, can be found on vehicles from several makers, namely Volkswagen, Lincoln, Ford and Audi. The system uses sensors to steer the car automatically into parallel and perpendicular parking spots. All that the driver is required to do is to control the accelerator and break pedals.
This is where the iPhone comes into play. Valeo has come up with an iPhone app that lets the user control a Park4U-equipped car remotely. The car simply steers itself into the parking spot while the driver controls the accelerator and the break remotely with their smartphone. This feature can come in handy when the car needs to be parked in a tight spot where there is not enough space for the doors to open fully, for example. Or perhaps, showing off in front of your friends is another application that comes to mind.
So, does parking a car with a phone sound like a feature that you would use on a daily basis, or more like something that a self-respecting driver should not need to resort to? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
The headline makes it look like its an Apple iPhone thing, the developer can refractory the app to work on any phone that runs 3rd party apps.
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 9:56 AM 3
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HAHAHA. But dev's consistantly use Apple. Hmmmm. Food for thought.
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 10:45 AM 4
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He does know what he is talking about. You're right, Apple has no control over NASA. But NASA isn't going to buy a bunch of devices and jailbreak the iOS to use in their day to day. Android allows 3rd party out of the box, thats why they are using it over Apple. If Apple devices already came out of the box with full user compatability (jailbroken aka 3rd party ready) then yes, I'm willing to guarantee they would choose iOS over Android. I own devices of both kinds and a Jailbroken iPhone puts Android to shame.
posted on Jan 29, 2012, 8:45 PM 0
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Actually, two genius guys in China invented a car system along witn an app for the Nokia C7 to drive a BMW literally, they were able to steer the car left and right with a virtual wheel and control the accelerator as well as the brakes with virtual gas and brake. It's a really cool video and it's on yoube.
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 10:11 AM 3
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Apple hating. continues....
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 11:33 AM 2
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i'm not hating on apple, I'm just letting everybody know that two guys already did this even better, and that it is possible with any smart phone. By the way the app that the chinese guys made is written in QT which allowed them a lot more flexibility and tools.
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 12:28 PM 0
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It is now impossible to park a car without an iphone ? Soon we need to pay apple each time we park ? Is that already patented by apple ?
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 11:54 AM 2
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This doesn't seem to be a very practical application at all. If parking is tight and you squeeze your car between two cars, what do you do if you want to leave before those two cars leave? I guess this would be okay if it were just a coulpe bucks, but I wouldn't waste the money on this app.
posted on Sep 14, 2011, 4:02 PM 0
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