If you are one of the many people who think parallel parking is tough, you will soon be thinking of buying an Audi car to make life easier. Audi’s subsidiary, Audi Electronics Venture has developed a mini model named the Q2 that can search for and find parking spaces, drive to them and park all by itself without any input from a human driver who still has not perfected the art of parking.
The Audi Q2 is not a full size car but a model that is about eighth the size of a normal car. It is an electric-powered replica of a compact crossover, but it is the technology inside the Q2 that is of great interest to us.
The ability of the Q2 to look for parking spaces and park itself is powered by two mono cameras and 10 ultrasonic sensors located around the body. Of the two mono cameras, one faces forward while the other faces towards the rear. An on-board computer uses the information obtained through the two cameras and the onboard sensors to search for a parking space and to work out the steps needed to park the vehicle properly. The AI technology is refined on the basis of trial and error as time passes.
Audi has revealed that the next step is to work on ramping up this technology so that it can be used in a full sized model. Eventually, we are moving one step closer to a future in which we will not have to worry about circling around looking for a parking spot and parking as all cars will have the technology to do this on their own.
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