It’s fair to say that most of us don’t like to park our cars. It’s not that it’s particularly difficult; it’s merely tremendously tedious and boring. Indeed, who amongst us would not like our cars to simply park themselves? Understanding our wishes, engineers at Nissan have tried to ease our burdens by giving us exactly what we ask for at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo. Calling it the NSC-2015, they’ve invented a car that promises to park itself using an array of sensors, computers, cameras as well as 4G communications.
Taking commands through a complex wireless navigation system, it turn the wheel, change gears, as well as break in order to get into spot it needs to without any assistance. While it is true that self-parking cars have been around for many years, and more seem to be revealed each month, this vehicle distinguishes through a number of interesting autonomous features. Firstly, it can recognize a variety of road markings. Secondly, is capable of of driving itself up to 3mph in a straight line, turn, as well as reverse. Lastly, the car is also capable of being controlled outside the car, making it capable of doing a short drive towards the owner with just the click of a button.
Nissan representatives have said told BBC reporters that “After the driver exits the NSC-2015, it starts to park itself automatically, following the instructions given by smartphone. The vehicle looks for a vacant parking space while identifying its surroundings; once it detects an open parking space automated parking begins. The driver can also use smartphone commands to make the NSC-2015 vehicle leave the parking space and return to the place where he or she is. While parked, the car's security camera system automatically works with a camera installed in the vehicle. If the system detects suspicious behaviour, the driver is alerted automatically by a report to his or her smartphone”
With recent laws driverless car laws being passed in US states like California, Nevada, and Florida, it looks like our future will be a lot more automated. While we’re a long way off from the Minority Report, the self-driving car is the ultimate expectation from the standpoint of the manufacturer as well as consumer. But as the days inch closer, let’s hope that they are standardized soon, I personally don’t want to squeeze into another parking spot all by myself.