Ford Motor Co. is developing a self-parking car that can even manage even narrow parking spots. The self-parking car is aided by a technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid, which is currently being tested on a track in Belgium. Ford said that it is interested in integrating the technology in the future. Ford spokesman Scott Fosgard said in an interview with Automotive News that the Fully Assisted Parking Aid would allow a driver to park his car even when he is not behind the wheel.
The technology employs ultrasonic sensors to scan the area for either diagonal or perpendicular parking spaces at speeds up to 18 mph, providing the driver enough time to not bypass the space. The driver just has to put the vehicle in neutral and then push a button in the car or via remote. After that, the car would have control of the steering, acceleration, braking and guidance systems to move itself into the space.
This technology is different from Ford's Active Park Assist, which is only applicable when pulling into parallel parking spaces. The Active Park Assist still requires the driver to apply the gas and brakes.
On the other hand, the Fully Assisted Parking Aid takes control of all of the vehicle functions, including gas/brake and steering wheel. It could also pull into diagonal parking spaces.
Ford likewise unveiled a new "obstacle avoidance" system that automatically brakes and steers to avoid a collision. The new system will detect incoming collisions up to 650 feet ahead using three radars, ultrasonic sensors and a camera to scan the road. The system has been tested at about 40 mph. [source: Ford]