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SELF-RELIANT: Audi hasdemonstrated a self-parking feature that will allow drivers to summon their cars to their location.
Audi has demonstrated a self-parking feature which allows drivers to remotely summon their cars - a feature the automaker says could be in vehicles by 2019.
Audi discussed the self-parking technology to reduce congestion at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7.
According to the Detroit News, Audi of America showed off a futuristic self-parking feature that could allow people to summon their cars from a distance.
THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
"You just push a button and it disappears and comes," said Wolfgang Durheimer, a member of Audi AG's board of management in discussing smart self-parking technology that would require technology to be built into parking structures.
Some automakers currently have systems that allow a car to back itself a few feet into a parking slit but can't navigate a car park.
In an interview, Durheimer said he though the technology could be in vehicles by 2019 - and would likely first go to Japan, where traffic congestion is extreme.
Audi became the first automaker to win a permit from a US state to test autonomous vehicles on the roads and the second company, behind search engine giant Google Inc.
Ricky Hudi, Audi's electronics chief, said: “Audi sees drivers as 'co-pilots' and doesn't see cars with more autonomous features taking over, but does see the car taking over at times such as in traffic jams, when it isn't fun to drive. The ultimate responsibility rests with the driver."
Audi is boosting electronics in vehicles to handle more safety features and in-vehicle communications. Hudi said: "Cars are turning into mobile communications centres."