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Electronic valet parks the car – innovative technology

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LAS VEGAS: There is no one inside the Range Rover in a Las Vegas parking lot. But it still guides its way to a parking place, after what looks like some hesitation.

The self-parking is directed by an app which controls the vehicle, detects an available space and manoeuvres into it.

The “automated parking valet” created by the French equipment maker Valeo is among the technology innovations for the sector on display at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.

While the idea of a fully autonomous car is a dream for some, this is a step which promises to alleviate at least some of the tedium facing motorists.

The system allows drivers to leave their car at the entrance of a parking lot and let it find a space to park itself.Drivers activate the feature from their smartphone, and can also use it to summon the car to pick them up.

“It’s like a brain,” said Guillaume Devauchelle, a Valeo vice president presenting the prototype system at the huge electronics expo.—AFP

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