VIDEO: Ford introduces the car that parks itself - without you inside
Ford has revealed its latest technology - cars that park themselves without a driver inside.
Motorists can get out, push a button on a handset, leaving the vehicle to drive into a space.
Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering division has harnessed developments made with existing Ford technologies, Active Park Assist and Ford PowerShift transmission, to produce a Ford Focus equipped with the prototype Fully Assisted Parking Aid system.
The next-generation push-button parking technology operates steering, gear selection and forward and reverse motion.
Ford also unveiled its Obstacle Avoidance technology which issues warnings if it detects slow-moving objects, stationary obstacles or pedestrians in the lane ahead.
If the driver fails to steer or brake following the warnings, the system automatically steers and brakes to avoid a collision.
Barb Samardzich, Ford’s European product development vice president, said: “The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience.
“Ford Motor Company has always been one of the world’s leading pioneers and forward-thinkers. From the introduction of a whole new way of mass producing cars 100 years ago to the advanced safety and convenience features unveiled today, we continue to set the template and define the future for drivers and the automotive environment.”
Ford’s “futuring” experts have identified an increasing consumer demand worldwide for technology and features which make life easier and safer.
“Car-buyers are placing a growing emphasis on the ownership experience, on purchases that keep them connected on the move – trends that will have an effect on the vehicles, features and services they will choose in the future,” said Sheryl Connelly, Ford global trends and futuring manager.