Audi's self-piloted car 'parks itself and picks you up with tap of app'

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 11:30 hrs

Audi's future car will be able to find you and then pick you up.

And the future has driven to CES 2013. Audi's Connect car not only drives and parks itself, but the iPhone is its key.

Annie Lien, Audi Senior Engineer, told ABC News that imaging one is at a shopping center and want the car to pick you. That's exactly what it will do.

According to the report, she said they witnessed it firsthand. At a demo at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas, Audi set up a working demonstration of the technology.

Press the Pickup button on the Audi app, and you can set the time at which you want the parked car to come pick you up. Tap the button again and it will turn on the ignition and come get you.

No one is required at the driver's seat.

According to the report, Audi has been developing its own self-driving technology, which it prefers to call piloted parking or driving.

The car uses twelve ultrasound sensors to navigate and avoid obstacles. It parks itself with a combination of sensors in the car, the garage and roads.

The hope is that parking garages will have computers that communicate with the car, telling it where there is open space.

The car is able to make turns on its own and knows how to maneuver around the garage with external laser sensors.

The road to autonomous cars isn't a short one. Audi has announced that it has become the first automaker granted a license to drive or operate autonomous cars in Nevada.

Nevada passed a law last year making it legal to test self-driving cars in the state, and other companies, such as Google, have been granted licenses as well. (ANI)

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