Honda Showcases Driverless Valet Parking System
As demonstrated in the video below, when left in the drop-off area of a parking lot, the vehicle gathers information about the empty spaces available and parks itself using its prototype surveillance-like rear cameras. What's more, the car is able to pick their drivers waiting in front of the store, which makes the technology somewhat similar to Volvo's upcoming Autonomous Parking Concept.
Honda says the system could be successful if implemented in the large parking lots of suburban shopping centers. The automaker plans to develop a concept that combines vehicle cameras and parking lot management systems by 2020.
"If a store introduces this system, customers can drop their car off in front of the store, and the car will go to a parking space automatically, in cooperation with the parking lot. Then, when customers come out with all their shopping, they can just wait in front of the store, and the car will come to them. That's the situation we're demonstrating here," a Honda representative said.